Shadows of the Flock

By MyNameIsCAB

Disclaimer: These characters belong to James Patterson, the writer of the Maximum Ride series. I do not take any credit for making any of the characters that were in his books. These story lines are my own though unless stated otherwise.

Warning: Just a note, this FanFic has nothing to do with Love, Pain, and Wings (my other Max Ride FanFic). I also want to warn you about a few things. There is the death of flock members in this. I wanted to experiment with something more dark and dramatic. But I'll promise you that Fax will be a factor in the later chapters too. If you don't like the idea of having flock members die, then please do not read and do not comment about how you don't like death. After all, I did warn you.

Hello, I'm Max. Maximum Ride if you really want to know my full name. But you already know that, don't you?

A lot has happened. Maybe too much for even me to comprehend and I don't even know where to start to tell you about what's happened to me. Let's start from the beginning, shall we? It's that where all stories begin, in the beginning? I promise to keep this all short.

Well, I'll start when there were six of us. By "us" I mean the flock, my flock. Yes, that's what I said, flock. We were six kids, genetically woven with bird genes that gave us wings. Wings that would permitted us to fly in the air. Of course, we didn't have a choice whether we wanted to be part bird. A bunch of scientists from the School had experimented on us.

Besides me, the five others were Fang, Iggy, Gazzy, Nudge, and Angel. Like I said before, we all had wings. Yet, we were all so different. Fang was very silent and always seemed to remain calm in most situations, no matter how bad. He's got this, well, almost dark personality that I've come to really like. Fang is only a few months younger than me.

Iggy was blind, but let him go off with Gazzy (the Gasman) and they were almost bound to blow up something. His blindness came when the scientists tried to give him night vision, of course it didn't work. Another talent would be the way he has such a great sense of sound and his ability to pick locks. I don't know how many times we've either needed him to hear beeping sounds on number pads or to pick a lock. Yet when I look into his pale blue eyes, it makes me sad that he's so blind to the world around him. Ig is also the tallest of the flock, yet just about a year younger than me.

Gazzy, well let's just say he had an interesting digestive system because whatever those scientists did to him really screwed it up. I always wondered if we should have carried gas masks around him. His sister is Angel and they were the only two siblings in our group. Oh, and did I mention he could practically imitate every sound or person's voice in the entire word without failure?

Nudge was quite the chatterbox. Her mouth was always shooting off and what if's were always asked. Sometimes I hated how interested she was in fashion because I didn't care much for that scene, but she didn't care what I thought about fashion. Nudge also has this special touch. And I'm being literal. She can touch an object and feel the emotions of the person or people that had used it. Not only that, but it makes her such a great computer hacker because she can almost read the previous user's actions.

Angel, the youngest in the flock was a telepath. She could read thoughts and practically talk without talking because of her special power. The scary thing is, she could probably use her mind powers to make someone kill themselves. The worst she's done is convince someone to buy her a stuffed bear she named Celeste. I'm glad she hasn't made me do anything.

Then there's me. I'm not all that special compared to them, but I guess I'm their leader. Fang often makes fun of me, calling me a 'mother', but I usually ignore his taunts. Guess it only makes sense that I'm also the oldest member of the flock. Maybe member isn't the right word because we felt like a family. I guess they all do still feel like family to me, but I don't know what the other's feel.

Along the way, we found out that we actually had parents. Some of our parents had been paid to hand some of us over to the school, others were just stolen. No one really knew their family except me. I had Dr. Martinez, my biological mother who made the most wonderful chocolate chip cookies in the world. There's her daughter, my half-sister, Ella who's been quite a friend. That's the one thing that separated me from the flock. But over the past year, Dr. Martinez has been known as Mom to me and even the flock.

Yet we were all created to do something. I just happened to be destined to save the world. So that's what I've been at with Fang, Iggy, Gazzy, Nudge, and Angel. We've been flying here and there, trying to stop the people who had experimented on us from doing anyone else harm. Unfortunately, there were casualties. Some were tragic, but like I said, I'm gonna start from the beginning.

Like every story does, right?

Let's rewind some months to when the flock was whole. We had been following this voice in my head that I had. Don't you have one? No? Well, I do, anyway, and for the past few years, it's been telling me a lot of stuff and most of the time it was right. Anyway, the Voice had told me to go to a headquarters that had been set up by a organization called Itex, AKA the people that experimented on us.

We were greeted by Erasers, half human, half wolf, creatures that those scientists had created along with us. In wolf form, they were a pain in the ass. I had known a nice one though. His name had been Ari, but Erasers only live so long and Ari's life span was over just as we destroyed a big part of Itex.

It just so happened that the day we met up with those Erasers, they decided to carry guns. We had been taken by surprise. The Erasers opened fire and our first casualty was Nudge. I don't want to go into detail, it hurts to talk about it, but these new Erasers had been taught how to aim really well. Following my instincts, we retreated, but it was too late for Nudge. She was lost.

The funeral was silent, we said a few words before her coffin was buried. After escaping the School, it seemed like we had been invincible, but I guess we weren't bullet proof. Tears were shed, but we still had a mission to accomplish. I still had to save the world, according to the Voice, and so we set off again.

It was two months later when the next blow came. I shouldn't have listened to the Voice. It seemed to betray be again as we lost Angel, my baby. Gazzy beat himself up because he couldn't save his little sister. It broke my heart to see the remaining flock broken up too. Angel was buried next to Nudge.

This was all overwhelming. No one could believe we had lost Nudge and Angel. I no longer trusted my Voice and so I shut it out and luckily it fell silent, only protesting every once in a while that I still had a job to do.

Now shall we go back to present day? There's still more story to tell you. What's happening now in the present is still the beginning.

The beginning of moving on at least…

"Max…" Fang appeared next to me, coming up so silently he almost scared me.

I had been standing alone just in front of Nudge and Angel's tombstones. The sun was just coming up over some red rocks. As of now, we were staying at Mom's house.

"Max," Fang repeated my name again. After everything that's happened, we seemed to have moved closer.

"Oh God Fang," I muttered. "I wish this were all a dream."

"This wouldn't be a dream, this would be a nightmare," he commented. "But I'm sorry, it's real."

I felt tears well up, but I forbade them to flow in front of Fang. I didn't want him to see me crying.

Then his arm slid around my shoulders. If this had happened five months before, it would have been un-Fanglike, but now, it wasn't. I'll admit to you that I loved Fang. I guess our feelings for each other had happened way before this whole mess, but this was as close as we ever have gotten.

"Fang…" But I choked up and tears started to flow. He suddenly wrapped his arms around me.

"Max, everything's gonna be all right," he whispered in my ear.

I wrapped my arms around him, feeling very childish. When I looked up at him, I saw a tear trickle down his face. We stood there like that, still crying for what seemed like eternity...

Well, this is my new Max Ride FanFic. Please R&R. I hoped you enjoyed.