A/N: Well, this is the last chapter of this story. Thank you to all my readers and reviewers out there. You gave me inspiration. :) Well, enjoy this last chapter. Thanks…

Disclaimer: I'll say this one last time for old time's sake. Did that make sense? Oh well. I do not own Maximum Ride. :(

Chapter 18

Max's POV

I opened my eyes and immediately closed them against the searing light. The sun was rising and the bright light hurt my eyes. I was lying against something hard and soft at the same time. Was that even possible? I opened my eyes and waited for them to adjust to the light. Then I inspected what I was lying on.

It was Fang.

My head was resting on his chest and my arm was draped over his stomach. He was awake and leaning against the cave wall. He absentmindedly traced patterns on my back. It felt really good. I was happy just to relax and pretend I hadn't woken up yet.

My eyes wandered over to the other flock members. They were all sleeping. I was immensely happy that they were all safe…for now. I just wondered how long it would be before we got into another dangerous situation. I loved them all so much. I never wanted anything bad to happen to them. But that was kind of inevitable when you're a mutant freak on the run from mad scientists. (Evil mad, not anger management mad. Although I'm starting to think the two are linked).

"I know you're awake," a gentle voice whispered into my ear.

I jumped noticeably and then relaxed. It's only Fang, I had to remind myself. So I hadn't really fooled Fang. But to my pleasure he didn't stop tracing patterns on my back.

"That feels nice," I breathed.

I looked up at his face and saw the hint of a smile. I realised what I should have been feeling then. My shoulder should have been throbbing with pain. But I only felt a dull aching.

"My shoulder?" I asked, raising myself up and sitting next to Fang with my back against the wall.

"I gave you some pain killers that we had. I also cleaned the wound and bandaged it," he explained.

I nodded and then rested my head on his shoulder. "Is everyone alright? No major injuries or anything?" I asked.

"Nah, they're just a bit shaken up," he said. "But they're really worried about you."

"Me? Don't they know me well enough by now to know that I don't go down without a fight? Surely they know that a little bullet wound isn't going to stop me?"

"It doesn't stop them from worrying," he explained.

"As long as everyone's here and alright, I'm happy."

"We'll all be fine," he said softly.

Something occurred to me and I had to ask Fang about it. "That smooth voiced man? Was he really Nudge's dad?"

"I'm pretty sure he is. They looked really alike."

"Does Nudge know?" I asked.

"No. And I plan to keep it that way. I think she'd be really disappointed if she found out her dad was a whitecoat," he explained.

"I agree," I said sadly. We all had the worst luck. Poor Nudge...

Fang seemed to sense my mood and he pressed his lips to my hair. I turned my face towards him and pressed my lips to his. It was a brief kiss and it left me wanting more. I frowned at him and pouted. This was so not like me. I never did this sort of this. What was wrong with me?!

He laughed and pressed his lips to mine again. Then he deepened the kiss and it became intense and passionate. It was making me feel light headed. I'd never admit this to him, but Fang was a really good kisser. We broke apart and we were both breathing raggedly. Then he smiled, lighting up the surrounding area even more than the sun was.

"I love you," I whispered.

"I love you, too," he replied. And I could actually see it in his eyes that he was telling the truth. I was the happiest I'd been in ages. My flock was together and safe and the love of my life loved me back. I was quite content to keep things as they were at this exact moment. So I kissed him again.

The End.

And all those other goodbyes. Keep an eye out for my other stories! I hoped you liked my story and sorry again for this shortness of this chapter!

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