Chapter 1

"STOP FIDGETING!" Angel and Nudge both yelled in unison. I wondered if this had anything to do with Angels uncanny telepathic abilities. I sighed impatiently as Nudge tugged the final strand of my hair into a fancy-shmancy up-do. Yeah, you heard right. Me, Maximum Ride, getting my hair done. Me, winner of the Bird Kid With the Worst Hair of The Year Award. I had let Nudge and Angel have at my unruly mop to see what they could make of it. And why was this? Three words: date with Fang.

Since I hated emotions, I wouldn't admit it to myself, but I was absolutely in love with Fang. He was most definatly the most amazing person in the world, the bane of my existance, the apple of my eye, . Every time we locked eyes, I thought that I would explode with happiness. Every time we touch, well... you get the picture. Fang had promised me that tonight we could be alone. Just the two of us. Me and him. Max and Fang.

Even though I had seen him less than an hour ago, I still gasped as Fang came into my room at my mom's house. I smiled as he took my hand and led me out the door.

"Bye guys!" I called to my flock as we walked out into the warm summer night.

"Where are we going?" I asked, sounding as stupid and awkward as I felt.

"You'll see," he smiled slyly. That normally would have made me twitchy, reminding me of being dumped in the back of trucks to be experimented on. Typical bird-kid on the run stuff. But I trusted Fang with my life.

We unfurled our wings and took off into the starry night. I am not kidding when I say starry either, there were like a bazillion of them, stretching out into the black night sky.

We flew to the edge of Phoenix, the very edge of the whole gol-dang city, to a forest.

" I've got something to show you" he whispered as we landed. He took me to a HE UGE tree in the middle of the forest, and I used my raptor vision to see a small shape carved on the tree. Oh wait.... could that be.... nah. Wait... yes! It was a heart, and just guess what was written in it. That's right- Fang+ Max. My heart did a little flutter and actually did skip a beat. When had I become such a romantic sap? When did Fang? I didn't know and didn't care.

I glanced up and Fang and saw that he was watching me carefully, like a raptor. No pun intended.

" I know it's kinda uh..." he started. But I cut him off.

"It's amazing I love it," I said softly, feeling like a great love doctor. Speaking of amazing doctors, Dr. Wonderful hadn't flirted with MY Fang since we had rescued my mom about a month ago, and he had dissed her. I mean actually, taken her aside and said:

" Look Bridgid, you're really smart, funny, and fun to be around. But please don't take that the wrong way. I think I love Max, and I really hope that she loves me back. I'd really...uh appreciate it if you'd err... back off a little ok?" Dr. Amazing had tearfully left the room. Although I had seen her talking to Mr. Chu, I pushed this thought to the back of my mind.

" Really, I love it," I assured him, seeing the forlorn look messing up his perfect, tan face. No. Bad Max. Stop thinking like that.

But Fang looked still looked very unFang-like; embarresment with a little emo depression thrown in for good measure. Since thinking isn't really my thing when it comes to this kind of thing, I didn't think- I just did. In three seconds flat, my mouth was pressed onto Fang's, and all of the thoughts in my jumbled mind just left. Except for one- I love Fang.

But then we heard something that caused us to pull apart.

"Max-HI-mum Ride!"