Pairing: Maria DeLuca/Michael Guerin, later pairings include Isabel Evans/Alex Whitman, Tess Harding/Kyle Valenti, Amy DeLuca/Jim Valenti, and some Elizabeth Parker/Max Evans.
Fic Title: The Praetorians Trilogy: The Praetorians, The Killing Jar, Pygmalion.
Author: Doc Paul
Link: i: The Praetorians, ii: The Killing Jar, iii: Pygmalion
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17; dark, super dark themes, both sexual and emotional, angst, violence, pretty much everything. The later two include slash in secondary characters. (Every story has the warnings more in-depth.)
Genre: AU, angst, violence, drama, romance.
Why This Must Be Read: The summary according to the author: Maria & Michael AU story with strong ensemble casts. The Praetorians is a cop drama murder mystery that takes place in Roswell, NM . This is the first story in a trilogy. A hard case police detective, Michael Guerin meets Professor Maria DeLuca during a murder case. None of the alien children realize they are aliens. This story is the building of a legend…of a King and his modern Praetorian Guards.
This fic is Epic and Long and Plotty. The whole trilogy is. It's a dark world, full of pain, hurt and angst like you wouldn't believe. When I say the themes are dark, I mean the themes are dark, and they get progressively darker. This isn't about being happy-go-lucky kids trying to deal with their alien relationships. This is about survival and what it means to survive. The AU has a simple premise: what if. What if the aliens didn't know they were aliens and grew up in Roswell, what challenges, what choices would they have to make, what has changed between them? Then Micheal meets Maria and everything begins to evolve. The trilogy doesn't pick up the Alien Issue for a while but the drama of these people's every day lives are more than enough to keep you intrigued.
The writing is tight, the characterisations are well rounded, all the relationships have equal importance, but it's clear that the author loves Michael and Maria, and they are great in it. Their relationship is depicted especially wonderfully. I'll warn here and now Liz and Max aren't the driving force behind this fic like in the show, their relationship isn't what this fic is about so don't be surprised when some twist and turns happen with these two. This fic is about love, friendship, survival, what it means to survive, and aliens that don't know they're aliens.