Title: A Necessary Letter
Author: Kata
Disclaimer: No, they still don't belong to me.
Rating: PG
Summery: After Maria breaks up with Michael, he writes a letter to get her back.
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Dear Maria,

This is the hardest letter I've ever written. You said you broke up with me, and you never want to see me again, but, Maria, I can't let you do that. Please, don't throw this letter away. Even if you don't come back to me, I want you to have this.

You haven't had the perfect life. Neither have I. Alone we're weak, together we're strong. You made my hurt go away, did I ever tell you that? Probably not. I can't talk about things like that. I have to do it in some other way-- paiting, or writing a letter. I don't even know if I'll have enough courage to send this. But you know what? That night, when I came to your house, and you held me in your arms, I was safe. For once in my life, I was shielded from all harm.

You said you were afraid of getting hurt, so you broke up with me. Look, Maria, I'm *not* going to break up with you. I would *never* do anything to hurt you. You said we weren't souldmates, like Liz and Max, but you are wrong. There's no one else in my heart. Those stupid dreams with Isabel mean nothing-- you know that.

I know you, Maria. You don't want to get hurt. Alex is the only male you've ever trusted, and you can't make up your mind to trust me. Look into your heart. I've seen into your heart, your soul. Now it's your turn. You can't tell me we don't belong together.

I cried after you left, Maria. It's only the second time I've cried-- you know what the first time was. Don't leave me without anyone to comfort me.

I want to let you in, Maria. You've already seen more of me than anyone else, even Max and Iz. They don't understand, they don't *know* me like you do. I told you once I needed to be alone. Well, I lied. I don't need to be alone, not when I can be with you.

Don't hide your feelings, Maria. Take it from an expert-- it doesn't work. They'll spill out somehow, and everything will explode. Don't deny your feelings for me. Do you really want to be miserable?

Don't shut down. You said you were too shut down once. You weren't then, but you're becoming so now. I know you're scared-- scared of our realationship, scared of *us*, and scared of what might happen to us. Do you think that the rest of us aren't frightened to death? We need to stand together now, more than ever.

Maria, it's up to you. I don't want to let you go, but I will. I love you enough to do that. Yes, Maria, I *do* love you. Maybe I won't ever me able to say it to your face, but I'll say it now. I love you.