Hold Me Title: Hold Me
Author: Kata
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Belongs to WB, not me. Song belongs to Savage Garden. I own nothing.
Summery: Michael and Maria talk, Michael finally says the "L" word.
Distribution: Just tell me where.

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Hey,
If we can't find a way out of these problems
Then maybe we don't need this
Stading face to face
Enemies at war we build defenses
And secret hiding places

"Maria, I'm sorry."

"Michael, I know it's not your fault. These dreams-- you can't control them."

Michael ran his fingers through his hair. "I know, but... I feel like I should be able to stop them, somehow. I know you don't like them."

Maria sighed. "I can't help feeling jealous. You and Isabel and Max have always had a bond that I couldn't share in. Now this..."

"I can't believe that Isabel and I were meant to be together. She's my little sister!"

"Maybe it's time for me to let go."

"No, don't do that. I... I need you too much."

"But if you're supposed to be together, I can't stand in the way."

I might need you to hold me tonight
I might need you to say it's alright
I might need you to make the first stand
Because tonight I'm finding it hard to be your man

Michael sighed. "Don't let me go , Maria. No matter what, don't let me go."

Maria shook her head. "You can't stand in the way of your destiny."

"I can't lose you, too. I'm already having dreams about someone who's my sister in every way, except genetically."

Hey,
More than angry words I hate this silence
It's getting so loud
Well I want to scream
But bitterness has silenced these emotions
It's getting hard to breathe
So tell me isn't happpiness
Worth more than a gold diamond ring
I'm willing to do anything
To calm the storm in my heart
I've never been the praying kind
But lately I've been down upon my knees
Not looking for a miracle
Just a reason to believe

"I don't want to lose you either, Michael, but if this is an alien thing, I don't know how I can keep you."

"Maria, listen to me, I don't want to have these dreams. Neither does Isabel."

"But you can't help it. Maybe you won't be able to... to... control yourselves in real life."

"I won't let that happen."

I might need you to hold me tonight
I might need you to say it's alright
I might need you to make the first stand
Because tonight I'm finding it hard to be your man

"What do you want me to do?" Michael asked helplessly.

"I don't think that you *can* do anything," Maria replied.

"I *want* to do something, anything that will make you happy."

"Come here," Maria said, pulling Michael's head into her lap. She began running her fingers through his hair. "You hair is so spikey."

"Not if you keep touching it."

Maria gave him a small smile, "I don't want to let you go either, Michael."

Do you remember not long ago?
When we used to live for the night time
Cherish each moment
Now we don't live, we exist
We just run through our lives
So alone
That's why you've got to hold me

Michael and Maria didn't leave their positions on the couch. They just sat there, together.

"I don't think you completely understand," Michael said. "I do have a bond with Iz, but she's never made me feel safe and protected from the world. She never made me feel like I could do anything. I don't know what's happening, but I know I'll never be with her like I could be with you."

Maria smiled softly. "I know, Michael. I know."

Hey,
If we can't find a way out of these problems
Then maybe we don't need this
Standing face to face
Enemies at war we build defenses
And secret hiding places

"I want you to promise me something," Michael said.

"You know I'll do anything for you."

"Just-- hold on to me. No matter what happens, don't let me go. Maybe I won't be able to control this later, but..." Michael paused, gathering his courage, "I love you, Maria."

"I love you, too, Michael. I won't let you go."

The two sat in silence, waiting, together, for whatever might come.

I might need you to hold me tonight
I might need you to say it's alright
I might need you to make the first stand
Because tonight I'm finding it hard to be your man

End

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