Note: I had a couple of people say this story was confusing or didn't make sense. I explain were I was going with this in this chapter. It is kind of weird. Anyways...
Killer in Me
"Alec-" Her words cut off as her air did. His hands squeezed around her windpipe. She brought her own hands up to pull him off, but she couldn't. Her eyes narrowed. So, it turns out he was stronger than her. Not wanting to take any chances, she brought her knee up, landing a low blow. The hands around her throat slackened and released, and he dropped to his knees. She brought her fist down on the side of his head with just enough strength to knock him out. Max sat down herself after he fell to the floor. She brought a hand to her throat. She sat staring at him for a few minutes before running to the door to get help.
Alec woke up slowly and looked around. He frowned when he saw bars. He was in a cell. Max was on the outside slumped in a chair and clearly asleep. His frown deepened and he searched his memory, trying to figure out why he was here. Bleary images and emotions came to him. Shock set in when he realized what he had done to Max. He watched her for a moment. He couldn't believe he had hurt her. What the hell was wrong with him?
"Max, I'm sorry."
Max woke up with a start when she heard someone say her name. She looked up into Alec's eyes. She stood warily.
"Alec." She said, staring into his eyes, searching for that strange light that had appeared when he had attacked her. Thankfully it wasn't there. She only saw concern and remorse. "I take it you've snapped out of it?" She said. He nodded.
"I'm so sorry, Max." She nodded.
"You have to tell me everything now, Alec. You don't have a choice this time." Alec nodded and began telling her about his dreams.
Alec lay back down on the floor after Max had left. He had told her his pieced together dreams. They were all about some guy. He had gotten that the guys parents had fought a lot for some reason. That he had killed his girlfriend when he found out she cheated on him. He had felt the emotions behind the dreams. He didn't understand why he was having them, or why he had attacked Max. He sat up suddenly at the thought of Max. Whatever this was it was taking him over, literally. He had felt the love, however twisted that love was, for the girl in his dreams. And now it was focusing solely on Max. It could just be that Alec was around Max more than any other woman these days. But it isn't and you know it. Alec growled in frustration. But he considered what it told him anyways. The conclusion that came with made him shake his head. NO, no no no. It can't be that. Even I'm not that big of a masochist. And why am I even thinking about this? I've got bigger problems right now. Alec shook his head to clear it, deciding to work that out after this was over. This definitely wasn't the time.
Max went strait to someone she hoped could help. One of the medics in TC. The woman, Jen, had worked in Psy-Op's while at Manticore and Max was hoping she would have answers as to what was going on. She found the woman in med bay and told her everything. Jen frowned after Max finished.
"It could be past memories." She said finally. Max shook her head.
"Alec says that he's never done anything he's been dreaming about. Besides, he's having dreams of growing up with actual parents." Jen shook her head.
"That's not what I meant, Max." She sighed. "Look, some of the soldiers I worked with complained of something like this before. I don't mean past memories as in their past. I mean like blood memories. Memories from who they were made from." Max stared at the woman.
"You mean Alec's having memories of one of the donors Manticore used to make him? How's that possible?" Jen shrugged.
"After everything that you've seen, don't you think anything's possible?" She asked. "Anyways, it's not from one of the donors. The donor. Sure they used animal DNA on you guys. But they also had to use humans as well. When I was back at Manticore, some of the soldiers complained about it, but it was never this extensive. Mostly it was just faded images in their dreams. Manticore watched them closer but they didn't see it as a real threat." Max chewed her lip.
"So, how do we help Alec? I mean, how do I get him back to normal?"
"Don't know." She pondered it for a moment. "You know maybe it's like unfinished business or something." Max frowned.
Max paced in Joshua's old house an hour later. After checking on Alec, she had come here. She'd told Logan mostly everything, and asked him to look up find the guy that Alec was dreaming about. It was taking forever, mostly because they didn't even have a name. Max had thought that the guy probably looked like Alec, and they knew the girlfriends name. Max knew that Logan was a little bit angry about what had happened with her and Alec. He turned to her while his computer was searching.
"Max, what are you going to do if we don't find anything?"
"We'll find something. We have to." She said forcefully.
"We'll look, but Max if we don't..." She looked up at him, her eyes flashing.
"Don't say it, Logan."
"Max, he's dangerous. He proved that. If you can't find a way to snap him out of this, what are you going to do?"
"I'm not killing Alec, Logan if that's what your thinking. I can't." Logan opened his mouth to respond when the search on his computer ended. He and Max both turned to it. They sifted through the reports that popped up, until Logan opened a particular one. Max gasped. A picture popped up of a man. He didn't look exactly like Alec, but the resemblance was there. He could have been Alec's father. She read the report with Logan. It was a police report. The guy, a David Johnson, had been killed in 2006 when he had attempted to strangle his wife, Jane Danvers-Johnson. The wife had fought back, it turns out. She'd stabbed her husband with a kitchen knife during the attempt. Max stood back in disgust.
"So, is that his unfinished business?" She asked, her disgust growing. She shook her head as she thought about this piece of information. Maybe she could get Alec back after all.
"Thanks, Logan." She said abruptly, sprinting out of the room.
"Wait, Max!-" But she was already gone.
Max was nearly down to Alec's cell when the startling realization of what she was planning hit her full force and she stopped short in her tracks. She was really about to risk everything for him. For Alec. And she hadn't given it a second thought. In fact she was still fully prepared to do just that. She smiled in wonder. The realization hit her full force and she couldn't help but to smile. God, she was such an idiot. He smile slipped, however, when she thought about were he was.
Alec looked up at her when she'd finished telling him what she'd found out. She watched him as he closed his eyes.
"His mom cheated." He mumbled. "They got divorced. He always blamed her." Alec's eyes found hers. "His dad wasn't exactly nice after that." Max nodded and pulled out the keys to his cell.
"Max, what are you doing? Are you crazy?"
"Maybe." She said to herself. "I know a way to get rid of him." Alec looked up, surprised.
"Really, how? And couldn't you tell me in here? I really don't want to hurt anyone else." Max smiled a little, and unlocked the door.
"I've been talking to Logan." She said. Alec's eyes snapped to hers.
"Max, what are you doing?"
"He seems to think that this isn't worth it."
"He does, does he?" Alec said, the growl barely evident in his voice. He blinked and she could see him fighting for control.
"Yeah. I've been thinking. Maybe he's right. I mean, you could leave Seattle. Leave me with Logan, Alec. He'll take care of me." Alec moved from the cell and closer to her. He backed her into the wall. She felt a shimmer of fear, but kept going. "I don't need you." She said. "Hell, I don't even like you." He placed a hand on her shoulder.
"You've been with him?" He asked, moving the hand closer to her throat.
"Yes." She said firmly. He put pressure on her throat.
"You destroyed us, you bitch." And then she couldn't breathe. He pressed harder over her windpipe. She struggled, but didn't use any of her transgenic strength. She struggled like a normal girl would. He smiled when her struggles lessened and stopped, and he finally released her.
Alec snapped back to himself when she slid to the floor. His legs collapsed out from under him and he fell hard on his butt. He stared at her in horror. He was alone now. What just happened had exorcised the other from him, but at what cost? He brought his knees up and buried his face in his hands. He felt tears coming down his cheeks. He flinched back suddenly when he felt a hand on his shoulder and looked up. He found himself staring into Max's brown eyes.
"Max." He breathed, and then he was hugging her to him. "Oh, god. I'm so sorry."
"It's okay, Alec." He couldn't help but notice the hoarseness of her voice. "It was my plan. I knew what I was doing." Alec pulled back and stared at her.
"I think we've been hanging out to much." He said. "Because that was a really stupid plan."
"Yeah, well, it takes a lot more to kill a transgenic than a normal." Alec shook his head.
"And what if I had used some of that transgenic strength. I could have crushed your windpipe." Max looked down, and fidgeted a little.
"Yeah, well. I couldn't loose you. And this is the only thing I could come up with." Alec gave a start in surprise. She looked up at him and smiled. Then she leaned in and brushed a light kiss on his lips.
"Max, what are you doing?"
"What I want to do. What I should have done a long time ago." She said, kissing him deeply. He leaned into the kiss. Everything else washed away. Guilt and worry and pain. All that was left was her. He couldn't believe he hadn't realized it before. Your such a moron, the last thing that floated through his head before conscious thought was blown away by the heat of the kiss.
Note: I know, this story's a little weird, huh? Oh, well. Hope it wasn't to bad.