Disclaimer: I don't own Dark Angel or any of the characters, but I sure wish I owned Alec!

Summary: AU Set during Hello Goodbye. Max and Alec do a bit more talking than what is in the actual episode.

Pairing: M/A

AN: I'm so sorry. I haven't updated in ages. I sure hope this chapter is good enough to make up for it. Thanks for the reviews meow114, Valkyrie Nienna Helyanwe, OoljeeAingeal, Regretful, hermione169242, timetowaste247, lakergirl08, Pand, dustori, SerafinLatina, Dark Angel Fan Forever, meritaten, Amiwilson, HYPERLITE.HO, and Haribo Joe, they're greatly appreciated.

Chapter 4: Clearing The Air

Alec sighed heavily as he made his way up the run down stairs of Seattle's once most popular tourist attraction. When he reached the top he looked around at the remains of what use to be a restaurant and observation deck. Alec made his way out of the broken window and onto the hard metal shell of the Space Needle.

Alec saw Max's form sitting at the edge, just where he'd thought she'd be, and made his way over to her. "Hey Max, I thought I'd find you here.", he spoke softly.

"I come here to be alone.", she said, some what coldly.

Alec nodded and smiled wryly. "Yeah I know, but considering everything that went down today I figured we could both use a friend right now.", he said, sincerely, voice gentle.

Max motioned with her head to the spot next to her and said, her voice much warmer than before, "Sit down."

Alec slowly and gracefully lowered himself to sit next to her. He ran a hand through his dark blonde locks and sighed, letting out a deep breath he hadn't realized he'd been holding. Alec rubbed his hands together tiredly before turning to Max and asking, "So you got any deep thoughts you wanna share? Any… uh profound realizations about life?"

"Yeah, love sucks.", Max stated adamantly.

"That it does.", Alec agreed firmly.

Max turned to him, looking him in the eye and asked mournfully, " Do you think it'll ever be better, ever not suck?"

"Honestly, I don't know Maxie but I sure hope so.", Alec answered truthfully.

Max sighed heavily, "Yeah, I hope so too."

"Let me guess, you broke it off with Logan?", Alec asked, sympathetically."

"Yeah… um Alec Logan saw you leaving my place this morning and he came to the conclusion that you and I are together.", Max said, looking everywhere but at Alec.

"So what did you tell him?", Alec asked, calmly.

"Alec I'm sorry, but I let him think it was true. I needed a something to push him away and he gave it to me.", Max said, shamefaced.

"And I had to be the bad guy again? I'm so tired of being the bad guy in your life.", Alec said, pained. He sighed heavily and mentally kicked himself in the head for his stupidity. He should've known better than to get his hopes up that Max would see him as a friend someone she cared about now and not as a screw up who is the bane of her existence

"I'm sorry Alec. I know that I haven't been fair to you. I'm sorry that I've used you as my personal punching bag and that I've never tried to get to know you. I'm sorry that I've hurt you. Sorry that I'm always yelling at you and blaming for things that aren't you're fault. I'm sorry that I haven't been helping you adjust to life outside of Manticore, sorry that I've been making it harder. I'm sorry if you feel like I don't care. I'm so sorry Alec." Max said, genuinely sorry, tears of regret streaming down her beautiful face.

Alec looked at her in shock, her outburst had really surprised him. Maybe he was wrong maybe Max did care. Not as much as he cared about her but, even if she only just cared about him as a friend that would be enough. He watched as her tears streamed down her face his heart aching at the sight. Alec's eyes stung, bright with unshed tears as he reached out and pulled her close. He shakily reached up and tenderly wiped away her tears with the pads of his thumbs before planting a soft kiss on her forehead.

Alec pulled back and his vibrant hazel-green eyes met Max's rich chocolate-brown ones. "Thank you. I'm sorry too. I'm sorry for trying to kill you, sorry that you lost the cure for the virus. I'm sorry that I'm a constant reminder of Ben and how much you miss him. I'm sorry for accidentally giving your virus papers to Josh so he could use them on his paintings. I'm just sorry.", he said, his voice holding nothing but sincerity.

Max shot Alec a smile and said brightly, "Now that we've cleared the air how about we celebrate our new friendship."

"Sounds good to me, what do you have in mind?", he asked, smiling genuinely.

AN: There is chapter four. I really hope you enjoyed it. I'll update sooner this time. Please Review.