Two of a Kind

An original Dark Angel fan fiction

Written by: Jennifer S. a.k.a. AssassinElektra

Disclaimer:

I do not own Dark Angel. This is a fan fiction story meant only for the enjoyment of myself and other Dark Angel fans.

Title: Two Of A Kind

Genre: Action/Adventure, Romance, science fiction,

Setting: Dark Angel, toward the end of season 2

Rating: PG

Author's Note: Okay guys, I've recently become a huge Dark Angel fan, so here it is, my first DA fic! As Alec is my fave character (for more reasons than one) I decided to write a story focusing on him.

Chapter 1

Long Story Made Short

Max--

Sometimes I wonder if destroying Manticore really made things any better. Like what if it was still around and all these lost kids who are trying to understand the real world were back there and safe? And then I think back on the others, I think about Zach, and Tinga, and Ben, and I realize that what I did was a good thing. That place destroyed my friends, it destroyed me in a lot of ways too.

But it's when I get those calls from Logan that it all really starts to bother me. "Oh, Max, by the way one of your transgenic buddies is running loose killing people." You know the kind of call I'm talking about. Well, maybe you don't, but even so you can see where I'm coming from.

So when Logan ran in frantically to the Crash—a place he seems to have been avoiding lately—I knew something was up. Alec picked up on it right away too. Unfortunately he was the first to ask about it with the tone that was his namesake.

"Hey, Logan, man what are you doing here? Don't you have some innocent citizen who's being held captive by a corrupt government you should be saving?" Alec asked.

Logan gave him a sarcastic smile and turned his eyes to me. "Max, we've got a problem."

"What's up?" Stepping off of my bar stool I was annoyingly aware that Alec's attention was focused on Logan and I even as we made our way across the room.

"Seems to be a girl running loose in sector 6." He said, in all seriousness.

"Yeah, and?" I was a bit rude, but the guy deserved it after ditching me the past few days.

"There are rumors that she 'trashed' six cops earlier today." I raised an eyebrow to show slight interest. "On her own, Max."

"Sounds like one of my sisters." I said, and even I could hear the fear in my voice. "Guess I better go lookin for her." I threw my jacket on and headed for the door, without saying anything else to Logan. Things are tough between him and I, ya know? No need to rub any salt in the emotional wound, right?

"Hey, Max!" I sighed and stopped walking, waiting for Alec to catch up. "You left in a hurry." He commented. "Boyfriend break up with ya?" I glared at him and he raised his hands in fake surrender. "I know, I know, 'you're not even like that.'" He mocked my voice, which only pissed me off more. I started walking again and he followed me.

"Look, are you gonna be following me around all night asking stupid questions?" I snapped. No worries when it comes to snapping at Alec. He's like the king of dishing it out. Does him some good to get it every once in a while for himself.

"I'm just saying you looked worried when you took off." Alec told me, walking faster to keep up with my pace. I didn't say anything and he nodded, like he'd come to some conclusion on his own. "Let me guess." He said. "Brother or sister running loose killing people."

"No." I answered, and he looked surprised. "Not killing, just beating the crap out of."

"Oh." He almost looked amused.

"Logan said she took out six policeman by herself." I told him, not quite sure why I was telling him anything.

Alec smiled. "She?" He raised an eyebrow. "Looks like I need to come along for backup."

"I don't need your help." I snapped, walking faster.

"Oh, come on, Maxie." He said, playfully. "If we rendezvous with this sister of ours and have a little scuttle, at least at work tomorrow I can tell everyone I got some action."

"Would it get you to shut up if I said, yes?" I asked him.

"Lips are sealed." He said, closing his mouth, and what a beautiful sight that was.

"They better be." I said, turning to look where I was walking again. It took a few minutes to get to sector 6, but we made it eventually. When we got there I could tell that something wasn't right, because everyone on the streets looked afraid, which only led me to wonder what they were doing wondering around at night. But hey, to each his own.

Alec was the first to catch sight of her, well actually all either of us saw was a blur that ran by. I looked at Alec and he looked at me and we knew she was the one we were looking for. Without a word we both took off running after her.

The only reason we caught up to her was because she was wounded. I couldn't tell where or how badly, but she was leaving a trail of blood.

"Looks like our girl's gotta cut." Alec said, annoyingly stating the obvious. "Good." He said, his tone serious, and I gave him a questioning look, because for a moment he sounded just like Ben. "It'll be easier to get a hold of her." He said, and I relaxed. "Lighten up, Max."

"Not while one of my sisters—who I set loose—is running around hurting people." I said. Looking around we found no trace of her, until her foot made direct contact with my face. I flew across the street and into an alley, and she followed after me. It took Alec a moment to get up—she had thrown him in the other direction—but he was right behind her even as I jumped to my feet.

"We're not going to hurt you." I told her, realizing as I got a glimpse of her face that she was nothing more than scared. "We want to help." I turned around slowly and showed her my barcode. "See?" I turned and looked at her, and her face seemed to have softened a bit, but she still looked ready to fight.

Meanwhile, Alec was making his way up to her without her even noticing, and I could tell that he was going to pounce. I tried to signal for him to wait, but the idiot threw himself towards her instead.

The impact knocked them both to the ground, she rolling to one side and him to the other, both landing painfully against the alley walls. I rushed over to help Alec up, but the wide-eyed look on his face made me stop and follow his gaze. He was looking at the girl we'd come to find, and I could tell that he recognized her.

"Alec, what is it?" I asked, but him and the girl just kept sharing their gaze, her eyes frightened and his sad and shocked. "What's going on?" I asked. The girl jumped to her feet and ran away quickly, and as I tried to follow her, Alec grabbed my foot and made me fall to the ground where my face hit wet pavement.

"No, Max." Alec told me, out of breath. "Not her."

"Who is she?" I asked. Alec looked away, avoiding the question. "Alec, answer me!" I said, raising my voice. "Look, she's hurting people. We need to stop her!"

"She's not even an X-Series, Max. She's something more." Alec told me, and my blood began to run cold. "There is no stopping her."

"How do you know?" I asked, half-afraid of the answer.

"It's a long story." Alec said, once more avoiding my question.

"I've got time." I said, getting frustrated with him.

He looked around. "Not here." He said. And that was how I found myself in Alec's apartment ten minutes later. He was sitting on the couch, staring at the TV—which wasn't even on—looking very tense.

"Okay, spill." I said quietly, trying to be understanding—because whoever this girl as she seemed to be causing him a lot of grief.

Alec smiled as some past memory played in the back of his mind like an old movie. "I couldn't sleep." He said. And I marveled at how quickly he shared his thoughts with me. A month before he would have snapped that it was none of my business, and now he was sharing openly. "That's how it all started." Right then I knew I was in for a strange story.

"They kept her separate, gave her a cage rather than barracks like the rest of us. It was like a coffin, a glass coffin that she could look out of but never escape. I was walking down the hallway, making my way back to my bed, when I noticed a strange light breaking through the darkness. It was coming from a hallway I had never been down before." His smile faded as he thought back.

"I followed that light." Alec continued. "And I found that it came from an angel." I raised an eyebrow, but Alec didn't even notice me anymore, he was too lost in his memory. "And I remember wondering why they held her like that while the rest of us were free." He paused and looked at me. "Well, as free as you could be in Manticore." He said, smiling, but I was not amused, so he continued his story.

"It was after the escape." He told me. "In fact, it only happened about a year and a half ago, but it seems like it's been forever." He looked at the floor, his eyes sad. "Anyway," He looked up, trying to cover his emotions. "I saw her there, and the sunlight was just barely peaking through a window down the hall. The way the light hit her hair, it was beautiful, it made her hair the most radiant shade of dark gold. So, I called her Amber."

"Amber got a visit from me every night, until one night…she wasn't there anymore. They had taken her away, and I had no idea where she was. You know, Max, when I got my first assignment, when I met Rachel…" He looked at me, "I loved her, but with Amber it was…different."

"She was the first person you cared about from Manticore. The only person you've ever been able to care about from that place." I guessed.

"Not the only one." Alec said, his tone dead serious as he gave me a look I could not read. But that look gave hints of ideas and possibilities that I had never even considered.

"So, did you ever learn what they had done to Amber?" I asked, wanting to get him back on the subject.

"Over time…I gave up looking. I gave up trying to find out what had happened to her. We were always trained to forget fallen soldiers and move on, severing all attachment."

"We were taught to never become attached to being with, Alec." I reminded him. He looked like he was about to cry, and I wanted to reach out, to hug him or something, but I couldn't make myself do it.

"I know, Max." He said, and I could hear the pending tears in his voice. "But I couldn't help it. I was just a kid, but the feelings they…they were unusually strong. I mean, I had no idea what I was feeling for her, so to forget her was almost a comfort. I was confused about the way I felt, couldn't bare to not understand it." I looked away. "What?" Alec asked me.

"It's just that sometimes you remind me so much of…" I smiled my tears away and looked up at him.

"Ben." He finished for me in a whisper. "That's all I'll ever be to you, Max, a shadow, a mirrored image of a brother you were forced to destroy." He snapped.

"Hey, don't get all moody with me." I said. "I was just thinking out loud."

"Whatever." Alec shrugged it off and looked over at his TV. He was quiet for a few moments, then spoke quietly. "She needs to be found."

"We'll look for her again tomorrow." I assured him.

"No, Max. I need to find her on my own. I need to do this alone." He turned his hazel eyes and looked right into mine. "Please understand that." He pleaded.

I thought for a moment. Thought about Ben, about Manticore, about the feelings I still had for Logan even if a virus was keeping us apart, and I finally nodded to Alec, who noticeably relaxed.

"Page me if you need help." I said, standing to leave.

"Hey Max?" I glanced back at him. "Thanks." I was surprised to hear him, of all people, say that to me. So, I just nodded and left.