The Flock is now one year older. Max, Fang, and Iggy are 15, Nudge is 12, the Gasman is 9, and Angel is 7. This is after the fourth book. Hope you enjoy!

Disclaimer: I do not own James Patterson's Maximum Ride. Sometimes I wish I did, but I do not. Get it? Got it? Good.

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Max POV

"Hey, Max?" Angel.

"Yeah, sweetie?" I called back.

I was sitting in my room listening to music. We (the Flock) had found an abandoned cabin up in a forgotten town in, yes, Colorado. Our favorite state. Iggy, with the help of the Gasman, had rigged up the electricity so it worked again. All the furniture was still there, even an old computer. Of course, we still had to make those random expedition to Wall Mart with the Max Card every so often, but hey.

"Will you play 'Truth or Dare' with me and Nudge? We're bored." She made Bambi eyes.

Ug! "Sure, sweetie," I said, swinging my legs over the side of my bed.

I followed Angel down the hall towards the family room.

"What'cha doing?" Iggy asked offhandedly as we walked past his room.

"Truth or Dare," I said. "Wanna play?"

"Uh…" he hesitated.

'Please?' I whispered desperately.

He rolled his sightless eyes. "Fang! Gazzy! We're playing Truth or Dare in the family room."

They both poked their heads out of their rooms. "Why?" the Gasman asked.

"Because Angel wants to," I quipped.

Fortunately, Gazzer usually doesn't need a better answer than that. Anything for Angel. So he opened his door wider and followed the three of us down the hall. Fang followed after him.

Nudge was bouncing up and down on the couch she sat on, obviously full of a million truths and dares to throw at us.

All of us were in our pajamas. Ig and Fang wore only their fleece pajama pants.

"Okay, guys! Hurry up! I've got a really good – well, okay, two really good ideas! Do you think–"

I clamped my hand over Nudge's mouth.

We all situated ourselves around in a circle. There were two couches. One that fit two people, and one that fit three. Iggy and the Gasman sat with Angel on the three-person, and Fang and I sat on the two. Nudge was sprawled out on the floor like she'd been dropped, her wings spread out around her.

After a few seconds of silence I finally said, "Uh…who wants to go first?"

Fang spread one wing over the side of the couch, and one behind me to make himself comfortable. "Not me," he said.

Nudge looked like she was bursting. "I'LL GO!!" she called out.

"Go ahead," I said.

"Okay, Gazzy!?" she said. "Truth or Dare?"

Gazzy pondered. Finally he said, "Uh…truth?"

Nudge grinned. "Okay…what is the fastest time you've ever cleared a room?"

Gazzy thought. "I'd have to say a few weeks ago when we were watching a movie in this room, and I did a fart-bomb…"

Everyone grimaced, remembering.

"…that was SO AWESOME!!!" he said excitedly.

"Now you get to ask someone truth or dare," Nudge informed him.

"Hm…Max. Truth or dare?" he asked.

"Dare," I said firmly.

"Cool. Kiss Fang." Gazzy said with an evil grin.

"Gazz…" I said disapprovingly.

He threw up his hands in surrender. "Hey, you never specified rules," he said innocently.

I flushed, but turned and kissed Fang on the cheek.

"Hey!" Gazzy said.

"You never specified either," I said. Fang's impassive face broke with a rare smile.

"Nudge, Truth or Dare?" I asked.

Nudge giggled. "Truth."

"What is the one thing you want most right now?" I said, smiling. This could be good.

Nudge thought for a few minutes. "Root Beer," she finally decided.

We all laughed.

"Iggy, truth or dare?" she asked.

He raised his eyebrows in a 'bring it on' gesture. "Dare."

She thought for a minute. "Go get me some Root Beer!" she laughed.

We all joined her, except for Fang, who never laughs.

Ig grinned. "Yes, your highness," he said, then got up and pulled a can of soda out of the fridge. "That's Sprite, Iggy," Angel giggled.

He put it back in the fridge and pulled out another. "This it?"

"Yep, thanks!" Nudge sang as he handed it to her. She popped the lid open and took a deep swig.

Iggy sat down. "Angel," he grinned. "Truth or dare?"

She smiled an Angelic smile, obviously reading his mind, and said, "Dare," then ran over to him and gave him a big hug. "I love you too," she said, and my heart gave a little squeeze.

"Fang," she said, getting my attention after this touching moment. "Truth or Dare?"

"Dare," he said. I instantly regretted his decision.

"Kiss Max," she said, grinning. "On the lips."

I glared at her.

Then I felt Fang's gently hand under my chin, and his lips pressed softly against mine, and then he angled his head to kiss me deeper.

It went on and on.

Finally, someone had to cough. Ig. And I knew the game was over. "Geez, get a room, you two," he groaned. "I may be blind, but I'm not deaf."

"Fang? What does 'make out' mean?" Angel asked innocently.

We broke apart, both breathing raggedly, but Fang managed to laugh.

Gazzy got up. "Ha! You guys can clear a room faster than me!" he said, leaving.

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