This is a AU future fic.  Ignore everything we've learnt about 'destiny' because this was written before that.  It was inspired by Dido's My Lover's Gone, the lyrics of which are at the end of the fic.  I recommend you buy the CD as she's a fantastic singer.
Once again, this is rated R.

No Earthly Ship

Liz was writing in her journal when Max crawled through her window. She smiled and shut her book. Her smile faded, however, when she saw the look on his face.

Liz felt the blood drain from her face when she realized why Max was here. She knew before he even told her. Somehow, something in the way he was looking at her told her everything she needed to know.

She looked beseechingly into his eyes, hoping against all hope that she was wrong. But she wasn't. His soulful brown eyes stared back at her, looking sadder than Liz had though eyes could ever look.

Max took a step toward her. Liz stood up uneasily. She faltered and almost collapsed but Max caught her before she fell.

He held her close in his arms. Liz leaned in close, glad to be by him. When she was in his embrace, it felt like nothing could ever be wrong. Being close to him made her feel that somehow everything would turn out all right in the end. She needed to feel that way right now.

Liz started to cry softly. She looked up and saw that tears were silently running down Max's cheeks too.

He tilted her chin up and kissed her. In her mind Liz knew that it was a bad idea, but her heart wouldn't let her pull away. She continued to kiss him, but freed her hands from his body. Max stopped kissing Liz and looked at her, wondering what she was doing.

Liz slipped her shirt over her head and took off her pants. Then she reached back and unbuckled her bra. It fell to the floor. Last of all, she slid off her panties.

Now she was standing in front of Max, fully naked. He stared at her body, admiring it before stepping toward her again. He touched her. Liz moaned as a shiver ran down her spine.

Max kissed the nape of her neck and continued to kiss her skin slowly, making his way down. Liz fumbled with the buttons of his shirt. Finally she had had enough and tore it off.

Max was taking off his pants. Liz could feel his excitement. When Max was at last naked, they drew apart, both breathing heavily. Then Max laid Liz down on her bed and they made love.


Max woke up shortly before dawn. He quietly got dressed, trying not to disturb Liz. He kissed her softly on the cheek. Max took one final look at her, trying to memorize every detail. He knew it would be the last time he ever laid eyes on her. Then he left.


Liz laid away, but kept her eyes closed. She could hear Max moving about, but didn't want to look at him. She didn't think she could bear it. To look at him and know it would be the last time ever, no, she wasn't strong enough for that.

So instead she pretended to sleep. Max kissed her one last time. When she heard him leave, Liz rolled over and opened her eyes. She stared at the ceiling. It was blurry because of her tears.

Max was gone. That would be the last time she would ever see him.

She could see in his face that he was leaving and was never coming back. He was going off without her, leaving her behind.

She knew, as she had known the night before, why he had come; he had wanted to say goodbye. He needed to say goodbye.

Liz had known just by looking at him.

That was what last night had been. A goodbye. A final declaration of their love.

My lover's gone,
His boots no longer by my door,
He left at dawn,
And as I slept I felt him go

Returns no more,
I will not watch the ocean,
My lover's gone,
No earthly ships will ever 
Bring him home again,
Bring him home again

My lover's gone,
I know that kiss will be my last,
No more his song,
The tune upon his lips has passed

I sing alone,
While I watch the ocean,
My lover's gone,
No earthly ships will ever
Bring him home again,
Bring him home again