Elizabeth U'Prichard

Did you know that wasn't me, the other Max?" I asked.

"Right away."
"How?" I persisted. "We look identical. She even had identical scars and scratches. She was wearing my clothes. How could you tell us apart?"
He turned to me and grinned, making my world brighter. "She offered to cook breakfast."
A second later we were laughing so hard it brought tears to my eyes all over again. Fang and I leaned against each other and laughed and laughed, unable to speak, for the longest time.


It was starting to get late. Leaning over slightly, I peeped at Fang's watch; 6:30pm. Time to go. Standing up, I kicked him lightly in the shoulder, got a mumbled reply, and set about awakening the rest of the flock. "C'mon. We'll get something to eat and find somewhere real to sleep." This got Nudge and Gazzy up, and Angle wandered around rubbing her eyes for a moment. "Ready?" With a few 'yups', we took to the air, Total tucked away in Fang's backpack.

Everyone – mainly Nudge – was silent as we flew over the darkening world, eyes searching the below lights for somewhere to eat. And guess who found it first? Yup, you guessed it.

"There!" Nudge pointed down, having spotted the flashy lights that the big fast-food takeouts use.

"Let's go eat," I said, grinning. I could really use some food. We dropped towards the ground, landing lightly in a shadowed alleyway where we couldn't be seen, and trooped off down the street to the subway shop, and ordered our outstanding array of food and drink. The two attendants looked at us, shocked, but with a dark glower from Fang, set about doing as asked.

Sitting down at a table, I dug into my food, the flock following along without prompting.

"Where next?"

I looked over at Iggy, who was staring at me blindly, drinking his coke.

I shrugged, even though he couldn't see it, and said "We'll worry about that tomorrow. Done?" Some nods, "Ok, let's find somewhere to stay." The attendants watched us leave, staring at our foodless trays. Humans truly are pathetic. Angel laughed, and I frowned at her.

"Sorry," she giggled, looking up at me innocently. Yup, we really needed to talk about this mind-reading of hers.