Disclaimer: I do not own Maximum Ride

Disclaimer: I do not own Maximum Ride

"I'll take 1st watch," I told Max walking past of small fire and sitting down under a tree. She didn't respond. I didn't expect her to. She just nodded her head slightly and then lay down next to Angel. Max hadn't said more then a few words to me in the past week, ever since we left her Mom's house.

We haven't had anytime to talk and personally, I was glad of it. I was EXTREMELY happy to have the flock back together but things were just really weird between me and Max at the moment.

I sighed and leaned back against the tree. I did a 360 scan every few minutes and kept my eyes and ears of high alert.


Nothing was going to happen, I was almost sure of it. Nothing had happened in the past week. But I knew it only a matter of time. Silently I stood up and crept over to my backpack and took out an apple to snack on. I bit into it and suddenly I heard some whimpers coming from…

"Max," I said quietly kneeling next to her and touching her arm lightly. "Max, wake up." She didn't. I gave up on trying to wake her and instead just shushed her gently until her whimpers died away and she was breathing steadily again. I sighed and went back to my post.

A few hours later, as I was checking my blog, I heard a twig snap. My head turned fast to the sound. There was nothing. Silence.

"No-Ari. No-All my fault-please-you can't die-you can't-Ari…" I heard Max mumbling in her sleep.

I turned my head away from the noise and locked my eyes on her. Ari. She was dreaming about Ari. I ignored her and went back to my blogging. It happened every other night or so. She just kept having nightmares about Ari's death. I knew it would pass in a minute or two. It always did.

A few minutes later I realized that this time it was different. Max was tossing and turning around now. Still mumbling. "Ari-no-you can't-stay with me- im so sorry –ari im so sorry-all my fault-ari-no-no-no." I watched her not sure if I should try to wake her again or just see if it would pass.

"ARI!!" Max jolted up screaming gasping for air and looking around franticly. She turned and her eyes locked on mine. Her eyes softened a little. She got up and started walking toward the woods. "I'll be back in a little while." She said not looking at me.

"Max-" I started but she wasn't listening. She spread her wings and jumped into the air. She hovered for a moment and then in the blink of an eye, she was gone.

­Darn that super-speed. I thought.

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