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Keep you in the dark

You know they all pretend

Keep you in the dark

And so it all began

I woke up in the blackness. I wondered if I was blind for a moment before I realized that my eyes were closed. Oh. Then everything rushed back to me.

I jolted upright. Why was I alive? I thought that I was dead. Not that I was complaining, actually. This was the second time that I hade died and come back to life. Was I… like… a god or whatever? Immortal? I took in my surroundings for a moment.

I was in a nice home. It was a nice little place. A few pictures on the walls showed a Hispanic girl that looked about 13 and a Hispanic lady that looked like her mother.

Dad was thrown out on a chair, sleeping. His eyes looked red, like he had cried himself to sleep. I wondered if… hold up! Why hadn't I smelled the salt from his tears? I thought that I could smell things like that easily. Eraser genes. I could tell another surprise was coming.

Yup. I wasn't an eraser anymore. No more patch-work freakazoid Ari!! Huzzah! I did seem to have wings. I almost started crying right there. I was finally like the flock. Everything was going to be okay. I could get back to the flock, be a real part of them!

I busily daydreamed about this, then realized that I had one thing that I wanted to do before I joined the flock. I wanted blood, and I wanted it now. Not just anybody's blood. The School's blood.

Send in your skeletons

Sing as their bones go marching in...again

The need you buried deep

The secrets that you keep are at the ready

Are you ready?

I knew that Fang's blog had started a rebellion, but the School was too far away from any town or cities to have gotten run down like the others. All of the other Itex branches were close to towns, but this was in the middle of death valley. And any sane person would stay away from there.

I was ready to effing blow that effing place to effing smithereens. I was done with those fricking fracking whitecoats ruining the lives of innocent peoples. I was soo ready. It was time. Kill. Them. All.

I'm finished making sense

Done pleading ignorance

That whole...defense

I stood up. I had been lying on a cozy bed, and had to step carefully around the needles and equipment that Dad had probably brought. I got a quick glance at my reflection in the window. I looked just like I had before I had been eraserfied. Blonde hair, light skin, gold eyes. My wings were mere blurs behind me, but they were the same color of Max's. Tawny and angelic. I jumped out the window without hesitating, and whipped out my wings.

Spinning infinity, boy

The wheel is spinning me

It's never-ending, never-ending

Same old story

I flapped hard, and I soared upwards. Holy cow. I thought I was flying when I was Eraser Ari? Bah, that was baloney. This was weightless. I didn't even feel like I was flying. My wings flapped perfectly, instinctively, and I didn't even have to think about flapping them.

I flew low and fast, heading towards the School. I instinctively knew where it was, and which direction I was going. A song popped up in my head, and it fit perfectly in with what I was doing. I began humming along.

What if I say I'm not like the others?

What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays

You're the pretender

What if I say I will never surrender?

What if I say I'm not like the others?

What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays

You're the pretender

What if I say that I'll never surrender?

I flew faster and faster, until my wings were a blur. I felt like a meteor, white-hot and bent on destruction. Flying like this vaguely reminded me of how someone else flew. Oh, right! Max could fly some 250 miles per hour when she wanted. I was her brother, so that's probably what was going on.

Whatever it was, I was above the School in record time. I circled it, feeling slightly uneasy. I didn't have any tools or any idea on how to blow this place up. I watched people run around frantically below me. People who didn't have wings, who could only dream of being like me.

I felt almost bad for them for a moment, then thought about what other kinds of people they were. People who tortured. People who killed. People who lied, who broke the law, who ruined people's lives, who burned. People who I would burn.

In time our soul untold

I'm just another soul for sale... oh, well

The page is out of print

We are not permanent

We're temporary, temporary

Same old story

I spotted my target then. A group of large tanks. Gas tanks.

An evil grin lit up my face. This was my revenge. What comes around goes around, hoo yea. I saw a small cloud of Flyboys practicing above a grove of trees. Shooting at something. I prepared to dive at them and borrow a gun.

What if I say I'm not like the others?

What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays

You're the pretender

What if I say that I'll never surrender?

What if I say I'm not like the others?

What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays

You're the pretender

What if I say I will never surrender?

I watched with my new bird eyes, seeing everything. You might not know it, but dogs and wolves don't have great vision. They go off hearing and smelling. I arched my back and dove down when I saw one Flyboy break off from the group and fly out over empty trees. I was on him before his dumb robot sensors could figure out what was going on. How's that for robotic superiors? Landing a hard kick at his elbow, the arm broke. I grabbed the gun from the piece of metal covered with skin and soared up again, blending in with a crowd of hawks.

This was it.

I'm the voice inside your head

You refuse to hear

I'm the face that you have to face

Mirrored in your stare

I'm what's left, I'm what's right

I'm the enemy

I'm the hand that will take you down

Bring you to your knees

Kill. Them. All.

So who are you?

Yeah, who are you?

Yeah, who are you?

Yeah, who are you?

Keep you in the dark

You know they all pretend

I aimed my gun at the gas tanks. Another doubt flashed through me. What if I didn't get away fast enough? That was enough gas to blow up a two-mile radius. That's a long way, for those of you who don't know. I examined the gun for a moment and recognized it. I didn't really know its name, but I knew it shot long and hard. I flew as far as I trusted away, then turned back and sighted my shot.

What if I say I'm not like the others?

What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays

You're the pretender

What if I say that I'll never surrender?

What if I say I'm not like the others?

What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays

You're the pretender

What if I say that I'll never surrender?

Excitement blew through me as my finger slowly curled around the trigger. Everything went slowish, like it did when I was fighting.

What if I say I'm not like the others?

(Keep you in the dark)

What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays

(You know they all... pretend)

You're the pretender

What if I say I will never surrender?

What if I say I'm not like the others?

(Keep you in the dark)

What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays

(You know they all... pretend)

You're the pretender

What if I say I will never surrender?

So who are you?

Yeah, who are you?

Yeah, who are you?

I pulled the trigger and flew out of there, going around 270 mph. A sonic blast made me spin in the air for a moment, and then all was deadly quiet.

It was over.

Elation slowly settled inside me.

It was over

They were dead. I had finally paid back my debt to the flock. For all the pain, all the sadness, all the fear, everything.

It was over.