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20 Years Later
She smiled at her husband next to her as she ran, edging ahead of him.
"I'm going to beat you!!" she gloated.
"Not even in your wildest dreams!" he told her, pouring on the last reserves of his strength. He ran by feel, pushing, using the ground and its miniscule dips and ridges to push himself ahead of her.
The edge of the cliff loomed in front of them, but neither slowed. She dove off the edge at almost the exact moment he did, but he plummeted faster because he weighed more.
"That's not fair!" she yelled to him as he began to gain a major edge on her.
He approached the treetops, and just as he did, he flipped out his winds, sliding them smoothly through the slits in his shirt.
She fell lower, finding a clearing and pumping her wing-tips so close to the ground the brushed the grass. She wove in and out of the sparse forest, edging up to him even with her indirect path. She approached from underneath, trying to sneak up on him.
He heard the whisper of her wings beneath him and smiled. He listened carefully, hearing it approach, closer, closer until she was directly beneath him. He tucked in his wings and dropped, making sure he had enough forward momentum to land directly on top of her.
He grinned. She couldn't help but chuckle.
"You won't ever grow up, will you?"
"You're going to make us late."
"We've got ten minutes!"
"And 25 miles!"
"We go 200 miles per hour!" She stuck her tongue out at him.
"Come on, smart mouth," she joked.
He rolled his eyes at her, but he got off her anyway. They took off in perfect tandem, mimicking each other in their actions exactly. They flew so close their wing-tips touched.
The roof peeked up above the tree line in front of them within moment. The silence of the cool early morning was hardly disturbed as they passed. The roof peeked up above the tree line in front of them within moments. She smiled as the memories created in the house were brought up.
She distinctly remembered the day they had bought this forest with the government compensation for their suffering. Their story, when the whole truth had gone public, had generated a lot of pity and the new president had become quickly popular when he had given them the compensation.
"This is it," Fang had said.
"It's perfect," Max put in.
"Wow," had been Iggy's comment.
"It's us," Angel said.
"I love it," Gazzy said.
"It's absolutely positively special. It's just right for us with lots of room and a cliff to jump off and lots of land to run and trees and so much it's just right," Nudge had breathed.
They had put the house up themselves.
"No Gaz, that goes there, not there," Angel directed.
"But this is a side wall. The label says so."
"Yes, but it's that side wall, not that one."
"How do you know?"
"Fine. I'm going."
A year later, Max and Iggy had gotten married and built a small cottage of their own, still on the same large plot of land, but separate, secluded, perfect.
"You guys will visit lots, right? We should have like a family dinner every week just to make sure we're still keeping up. Family forever, right guys?"
Family forever, they had all agreed.
Family forever had become their motto in past years, especially through the trials when the press had found their secluded plot.
"How does it feel to know you've saved the world?"
"If the world was in danger, would you save it again?"
"Why do you choose to seclude yourself like this?"
"Do you think the compensation was enough? The world wants to know!"
Max had screeched, "It's none of the world's business!" and slammed the door in their face.
Nudge had found the man of her dreams and moved out as well after they had part way integrated into regular society.
"You sure about this, Nudge?" Max had asked. Nudge, for once, was brief.
Toby entered with Fang, who had picked him up on his way through town.
"Toby, I have something to tell you. There's a reason my family and I live so far away from everybody else." She slid out her wings.
He stared, and Nudge started to feel doubtful. 'What if he doesn't like me anymore? What if I said it wrong and ruined everything? Oh, gosh, please don't let me have ruined everything."
"That's, amazing Nudge. Do they work? Can you really fly? Could you take me with you? What's it like to fly? Is it the most amazing thing ever? I bet it is. Why do you have wings? Is there a reason for that? Were you born with them?"
Toby hated the news with a passion (that burned with the power of a thousand suns) and so he hadn't heard our story. He was Nudge's perfect match. He could babble to match her, but he also balanced her out a bit because he was also very good at just thinking. She had taken him flying as soon as she could. It hadn't been the same as flying solo, but Toby had been thrilled.
Toby proposed ten months later.
He had taken her to Suzie K's, the highest class restaurant within a thousand miles, though it was only thirty miles away. As soon as they had finished eating, a spotlight came on over their table. The whole restaurant turned to see what was going on. Nudge looked up at the light. As she did, Toby knelt. She turned back to him and saw the box in his hand. She went silent.
"Nudge Monique Ride, you are the love of my life. You bring out the best in me and keep me from sinking. I love you, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?"
She was breathless. She could only get out one word.
"Yes," she whispered. The observers broke out in applause.
It had been almost the polar opposite of Iggy's proposal.
They were on a beach, secluded, alone. Iggy had initiated some signal Max couldn't see, and soft music began to play. He knelt as the unmistakable beginning of the song they had unofficially dubbed as 'their song' rang out.
"Max, I love you with all that I am. I have for a while, and I always will. Will you marry me?"
"Of course I will," she said bluntly, just so Max.
The rings had been opposites as well, Max thought fondly as she looked at the simple ring on her finger. It was silver, for Iggy knew that she hated gold. It was inlaid with a small, simple, yet exquisitely beautiful diamond. Nudge's was solid gold, inlaid with a large diamond in the middle and surrounded by smaller rubies. Each matched the girl it had been chosen for perfectly.
Fang, Gazzy, and Angel were all still trying to find that perfect match, so they had the original house to themselves.
They landed in the yard of said original house in tandem and tucked in their wings. Nudge was just showing up from the opposite direction with Toby in tow, as they had agreed when they bought the place that the driveway was only for people who didn't know. They wanted to keep the atmosphere of the place perfect, rather than taint it.
The two couples entered the house together, greeting Fang and Gazzy at the door. Angel was struggling at the stove. Iggy went to assist.
Before long, the meal was finished and the table was set with enough food to feed an army, or at least that was what it looked like. By the time we were done with it, there would hardly be any leftovers.
It still freaked Toby out a bit that his wife ate three times as much as he did.
The meal passed by peacefully, filled with inane chatter.
"A conclusion is simply the place where someone got tired of thinking."
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