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Summary: To keep up appearances, Max seeks assistance. Searching for a backdoor to feed his greed, Alec finds curious employment. Two people who want nothing to do with love find that when love wants something to do with them, they don't stand a chance.
Rated: R
Categories: Length > Multi-chapter, Relationships > Max/Alec, Settings > Alternative Universe Characters: Alec, Asha, Kendra, Logan, Max, Normal, Original Cindy, Other/s, Sketchy, Zack
Genres: AU, General, Humor, Romance
Warnings: Moderate character bashing, scenes that may offend
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 20 Completed: No
Word count: 74924 Read: 30249
Published: November 10, 2007 Updated: April 24, 2009
Story Notes:
A/N1: This is an AU fic. Some of the basic background exists, i.e. Max escaped back in '09 but moved to New York. Alec went AWOL after a mission...and much more!

A/N2: This was an older WIP that was on extended hiatus and as such excluded from my stories list on ths site. Now that this ficy has found a new Mommy to pair with (who's yo') Daddy, I've decided to add it to the list.

This collaboration began as the brainchild of myself (Shay) and SGOU. She has since dropped out of this project. My new co-author is Wildsky. Wish her the best of luck! (from Chapter 10 and onwards...)

1. Starting Over by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (1963 words)

2. New Friend, Old Acquaintance by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (2013 words)

3. White Picket Fence World by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (2728 words)

4. Nothing Less Than The Best by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (3747 words)

5. Set Me Up And Let Me Down by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (5247 words)

6. Downfall of a Day by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (1853 words)

7. Close Encounters by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (4441 words)

8. Frustrations by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (2307 words)

9. The Player And HIs Game by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (3551 words)

10. Bastards and Bedfellows by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (3924 words)

11. The Naked Truth by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (4114 words)

12. Chapter 12 - Somebody's Bitch by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (4527 words)

13. Chapter 13 - Name That Feeling by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (3520 words)

14. Chapter 14 - Prey For The Hunter by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (3494 words)

15. Chapter 15: The Hacker's A Cracker by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (4549 words)

16. Chapter 16: Man On A Mission by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (3622 words)

17. Chapter 17: Apply Pressure and Squeeze by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (4386 words)
I can't get this thing to upload without manual editing, for which I aplologise. I have been having trrouble with my eyes and can't see most punctuation, and searching through the fic for the part to italicise is a bitt too hard on my vision at present. I hope it won't detract from the story.

18. Chapter 18: Back Away Slowly; No Sudden Movements by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (3381 words)

19. Chapter 19 - A Little Spark Of Madness by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (6183 words)
Apologies for the delay, but it was mostly unavoidable. Thankfully, the health is better, the muse is in town and the next chapter is in the works! Comments are most appreciated so please share them! Happy reading :D

20. Chapter 20: El Tango de Ronald by jracklesfan77 [ - ] (5374 words)