Disclaimer: Since Max and Alec are too busy doing the horizontal Macarena, I asked OC to do the honors. Take it away, boo!

OC: Hey everybody! Original Cindy here. Just lettin' ya know that Rachael don't own Dark Angel or its characters. She only owns the plots and characters she makes up in that crazy little mind of hers. Ain't that right, boo?

Me: uh huh, that's right. (grabs horn) Excuse me while I go get our two favorite horny boos out of bed. Be back in a sec!

OC: Yup, she crazy. Mmhmm.

Me: (blows the horn at OC)

OC: HEY!! I was only kiddin', boo!

Me: uh huh, yeah riiiiight! (walks away with the horn, smiling)


Shipping: Max/Alec

Rating: M- violence, strong language, sexual situations

Genre: Romance/Drama/angst

Summary: After a dark encounter with Logan, Max turns to Alec for help and understands the true meaning of love.

A/N: Hey ya'll! I checked how many reviews I've gotten so far for this story, and I couldn't believe I got 92 reviews for the story. 8 more and I've broken 100 reviews. WOOHOO!! ;) Anywho, I hope you guys enjoyed Chapter 4. Like I said before, it's a real doozy! Chapter 5 is another real doozy too. Now I haven't had this betaed yet, but when I do I'll replace it with the beta version. I even got the brownies ready for you when you review.

Alec: mmmm, brownies!

Max: You know Rachael ain't gonna give you one.

Alec: I know. But I can always sneak one away.

Max: Good luck, you're gonna need it.

Alec: (grumbles)

Max: (snickers)

Me: (clears throat) If you two are done, can we get on with the story now please?

Max and Alec: (nodding yes)

Me: Good. (still glaring at them) Enjoy the story guys, and don't even think about it, Alec!

Alec: (grumbles as he slips his arm back to his side)

A/N2: Hey guys, just wanted to let you know I updated this chapter to make it longer. I will have the next chapter up soon. So stay tuned and enjoy!

Chapter 5: Escape to Safety

Fogle Towers, 1:05 am

She laid there staring up at the ceiling. Her eyes had no light behind them, no emotion. Just a blank stare into nothingness. Everything felt cold and empty. Her heart gave quiet beats as cold tears trickled down her face. Her entire body was covered with bruises, scars, and wounds. It was all from Logan. The man she once loved and gave her life to.

But those would heal. It was the ones on the inside, ingrained in her memory forever, that would never heal. She didn't think Logan could do such a horrible thing to her. She didn't think she could let this happen. She was a soldier, goddamn it. She should've kicked his bony ass to hell. But why didn't she? Why did she let Logan hurt her, and use her? Her mind was confused and lost, she couldn't find the answer.

Max knew one thing though. She wasn't going to let Logan do it to her again. Once was enough to piss her off, and make her wish it would've never had happened. She could feel the drug slowly begin to wear off. This was her chance, her one chance to leave this hell house and find comfort in the arms of safety. All she needed to do was get up, grab her clothes, and to not look back. No, to never look back again. She was done with Logan. Once and for all.

She began to sit up quietly and slowly. Her entire body ached with pain surging throughout her veins. Everything in the room was moving in circles. She slowly stood up, and began searching for her clothes. They were thrown every where. She bent down, and tried not to scream out as she felt the pain surge again. She bit down on lip to hold back her screams. She slowly slipped on what was left of her clothes.

As soon as she was done getting her clothes back on, Max turned back to make sure Logan was still out cold. She sighed inwardly, and turned towards the window. She slowly opened it, and slipped out into the cold night. She closed the window and began climbing. She felt her adrenaline slowly rushing as she climbed down the building, which subsided some of the pain.

Once her feet touched the ground, Max took off running into the night. She ran through the pain in her legs, and her body. More tears slipped down her cheeks. As the drug wore off even more, the pain became almost unbearable. But it didn't stop her from reaching for safety.

She passed by more apartment buildings until she found one she recognized. She felt like screaming every time she took a step forward. The pain was horrible, and she knew the drug was almost worn off. Even her vision began to clear up. The buildings became clearer now. But she didn't stop running.

Max looked at all the vehicles and bikes as she ran by them. Then, a green Duke caught her eye. "Alec…" she whispered softly. A smile slowly crept on her face. She slowed down and turned into the building where Alec's green Duke was parked. She quickly walked up the steps. It hurt even worse every time she went up a step.

She finally reached the floor where Alec's apartment was on. She walked down the quiet hallway, tears pouring down her cheeks. Alec's apartment door was coming closer as she quickly walked towards it.

Max slowed down as she reached it. She then began banging on the door, croaking out Alec's name. Her voice was so hoarse, she barely understood what she said. "A-Alec! Alec, wake up! P-Please!" she croaked out. She banged even harder when she didn't get an answer. Then, she heard a click.

Alec's Apartment, 1:15 am

He was having a hard time sleeping that night. He had this nagging feeling in his stomach that was telling him something was wrong. But he didn't know what it was. It kept on bothering him, and he couldn't stay in one position for long. He finally gave up on trying to sleep. He laid there in his bed, looking up at the ceiling.

Alec sighed heavily. He felt the cool air from outside tickle his bare torso. He hated not being able to go to sleep. Sleep was the one thing that was valuable and precious to him. Damn this feeling that kept him awake.

Then, someone was banging on his door. He shot out of bed and slowly crept around the corner. He heard a froggy female voice call out his name. "A-Alec! Alec, wake up! P-Please!" The voice seemed somewhat recognizable to him. He walked over to the door, and unlocked it.

Alec slowly opened the door to reveal a crying Max. "Max? What are you…" Before he could finish, Max lunged towards him. She wrapped her arms around him and cried into his bare chest. That's when he noticed all the bruises and wounds on her body. 'Max, what the hell happened to you?' he thought silently to himself.

He moved to close his apartment door, and locked it. He felt Max slowly begin to collapse against him. He held her up, and gently caressed her to calm her down. He gently moved his hand under her chin and lifted her head up to look at her face to face.

Max felt him slowly and gently move her head to face his. Her brown eyes looked deeply into the gentle green eyes before her. She felt his hand move gently against her cheek. The warmth that radiated off his hand was soothing and warmed her cheek as she leaned into it.

He felt her embrace against his hand, and he gently caressed her cold bruised cheek. He saw the pain in her eyes, as well as the fear. He knew Max to be fearless and strong. And now, all he saw was a hurt and weak Max. Whatever happened to her, it looked like it broke her into pieces.

She looked back up into his warm, gentle green eyes when he began to caress her cheek gently. She began to tear up again. She wanted to tell him. She wanted to tell him everything that happened at Logan's. But she couldn't find the words. The only words she could think of were three words she only knew to say. "Alec, help me…" she softly croaked.

Alec gave her a soft smile. "I'll help you, Max. No one can hurt you here." He replied softly. Max smiled back, and hugged him. She felt the warmth of his body radiate onto hers. He hugged her back gently and kissed the top of her head. He looked back down at her, and wiped away a tear from her soft cold skin.

He felt Max trembling in his arms, and noticed that her clothes were ripped. "We have got to get you out of these clothes." Alec said jokingly.

Max looked up at him angrily, and punched him in the shoulder as hard as she could. "No jokes, smartass…" Max warned him. Alec chuckled, and picked her up off the floor.

"Well, if you are done beating me, let's get you changed." Alec exclaims as he walked towards his room with Max's frail body in his arms. One way or another, he was going to find out what happened to the female transgenic.

Fogle Towers, 1:20 a.m.

It was quiet. Too quiet. And that quiet is what woke the man who took away Max's dignity. He turned to see the side of the bed Max was supposed to be on empty. He growled softly under his breath, and cursed himself for allowing Max to escape. How could he be so naïve? She probably ran to him. Damn Alec. He was a good-for-nothing bastard that took his Max away. He needed to get rid of that smartass transgenic for good. He may have lost his happily ever after, but he wasn't going to let Max have one. "Sorry, Max. But Alec has got to go…" he spewed as he grabbed the bottle of scotch off the floor.

He stood up, still unclothed, and walked over to the drawer. He pulled out a glock, and checked to see if it was loaded. He smiled when it clicked. He took a swig of the scotch, and cackled. "Bye, bye Alec…" he exclaimed as he laughed harder. Revenge was definitely sweet.

Alec's Apartment, 1:22 a.m.

He's never seen her in such a bad condition before. Sure, when she had a few bruises and cuts, but never like this. It somewhat frightened him to see her like that. He finished filling up the bowl with water so he could clean her up. He already got out the bandages, peroxide, and everything he needed to patch her wounds. He sighed heavily as he looked over at her. She looked so frail as she undressed. He saw all the bruises…the scratches. It looked like she went two rounds with a tiger in a cage. He saw her wince as she carefully removed her ripped jeans.

That's when he saw her legs. They were beaten to hell. Whoever did this to her wanted to make sure she couldn't make it out on both legs. He balled his fists tightly, and fought hard against his anger. He needed to stay in control. 'I swear to you, Max. I will find who did this to you, and make sure they never hurt you again.' He picked up the bowl of water and carried it over to his room. He sat it down on his dresser next to the bandages.

Max looked up at him while he was dampening the rag. She smiled weakly watching him. She didn't know why she deserved a friend like Alec. He was always there when she needed him, even if she was the one saving him. Whatever the reason, she was thanking the Blue Lady for bringing him into her life.

He turned around to see Max smiling at him. He raised an eyebrow and playfully looked around at what she was smiling at. Max chuckled at him. "What the hell are you doing?" she asked softly.

"Just wondering what you are smiling at. It's not my ass, is it? 'Cause I know how much you love talking about it." He replied jokingly. She threw a glare at him. "Didn't I tell you no jokes?" He shrugged and grinned playfully. She rolled her eyes and moved over slowly as he sat down next to her.

He began to softly clean her wounds. She flinched away from his touch. He sighed softly. "Max, you gotta let me clean your wounds. If I don't, they'll get infected." He tried again, but she flinched away before he could. He gave her a pleading look to let him do this, and she nodded softly. He gently began to wipe away the dried up blood on her face. Max stared back at his face as he cleaned. His gentle green eyes stared back at her, not looking away for a second. She needed to tell him. If she didn't, she may never get another chance to. She looked down as tears filled her eyes. "Max…" His deep voice startled her. "What's wrong?"

She looked back up at him. "Why me? Why did I deserve to have everything I know taken away from me? I thought that everything would be okay. That I could still have the life I love without worrying about hurting someone. Especially myself. I screwed up. I lost Zack, Brin, Tinga, Ben, Eva, Jack, Logan…you. I've made so many mistakes. And the price I get is losing the only thing I have left. My dignity." She explained softly. Alec looked confused. "Max, what do you mean you lost your dignity? Are you saying that someone…uh…r-rap—"

"Raped me? Yeah, and I wish to God I stopped him…" She started crying, and Alec took her into his arms again. He rubbed her back gently, whispering in her ear that she was okay. "I won't let him hurt you again, Max. I promise. No one, I mean no one, will ever lay a finger on you." Alec told her softly. She looked up at him with a soft smile. His hand began to caress her cheek gently. She felt the warmth of his hand and leaned into it gently. A tear began to roll down her cheek, and Alec caught in a soft, tender kiss. She felt her heart skip a beat, and allowed the warmth of his kiss spread throughout her body. He trailed his kiss up to her forehead, and smiled warmly at her.

He got up and put the rag back in the bowl of water. After Max's confession, he decided that they both needed rest. Especially Max. She needed it more than him. He picked her up and laid her down on the bed. He laid down next to her, pulling her gently towards him. She curled up against him, taking in his scent. His skin felt extremely warm next to hers. She forgot all about them both topless, and enjoyed the feeling of skin-on-skin contact. She rested her head against his chest, and just like the night before let his rhythmic heartbeat lull her to sleep softly.

Alec watched her sleep soundly. He didn't want to fall back asleep without knowing she was okay. And he certainly didn't care that they were both shirtless. It felt much more comfortable this way. Nothing in between them. He gently kissed her head, and allowed sleep to overcome him. All through the night, neither of them let go of each other. They remained in the same position, holding onto each other. Not letting anyone or anything separate them again.

A/N: And once again, there ya'll go! Chapter 5 in all it's lovely glory. Sorry if it seems short. I promise next chapter will be much, much longer. Logan will probably pop in as well as Sketchy, Normal, OC, Joshua…

Alec: Me…(grins smugly)

Max: Oh puh-leeze! (rolls eyes)

Alec: What? I'm a perfectly attractive specimen. Why wouldn't they want me?

Max: (raises eyebrow)

Alec: Seriously!!

OC: (chuckles) Well, while Alec gets over the fact that nobody wants him, Rachael will have Chapter 6 ready to go as soon as she can. Don't forget to review! Here's thanks to those who did review last chapter:

kritters03, ., Laney Tate, Amylou, X5 452 Max McDowell, Bella1992, Vampiress-06, Mahine, Maria Gonzalez, HallWin-jdm86, ElizabethMarieBennett, Sammyluvr83, lil17, Saarah, socialitegirl, immortally perfect, Supernaturally Angelic, patricia, kez92p9, Buffy492, alex1156, anony, BlueisLife, caroesga, Willow-98, civillove, Lindsay1, Zamphira, and Skylark16

Thanks again boos!! You made Rachael feel real proud to be writing this awesome story for ya'll.

Alec: They like the stupid story better than me…

Me: (blows horn at him)

Alec: HOLY SH—(falls over and face plants)

Me: (chuckles)

OC: Serves ya right, baby boo!

Alec: (grumbles)

Next time on Unbroken: Chapter 6: Starting Over