We were all flying. Our wings never in unison. It was very, how shall we say, ungraceful. I watched as Iggy and Gazzy did dive bombs and flips in the air ahead of me. Angel was quietly talking to Total, keeping him company. When she noticed me looking at her she smiled and waved. I waved back. Total scoffed and continued talking. His little wings hadn't developed properly enough so he could fly like us, but still, he could fly. Nudge was close by me, underneath to be exact. She was singing something from, like, High school Musical. Zac Efron is apparently a hottie and she made me buy her a t-shirt with his face on it. I grinned, she was growing fast, and her tangle of messy black, curly hair was flying past her. Then, there was Fang. He was flying majestically next to me, keeping in beat with me. His eyes were on me as i stared dazedly past him – or it seemed like past him. He shrugged.

"You okay?" he asked. I nodded.

"It's been a while," i said, "since we've all been out on our own, flying for fun, to see the world," i added. He nodded.

"Seems too peaceful personally," he muttered. I looked at him.

"Too peaceful?" i confirmed. He nodded. "Do i even need to tell you why that sentence is pointless?" i asked. He shrugged. Good old Fang. Always pretend you don't get it. Never face up to the fact that you're crazy. I hate you. Metaphorically of course. I wouldn't actually hate him, i mean come on, he's my right hand man. I shook my head.

"It's just, not used to being safe like this," he said. I grinned.

"Well get used to it pal," i said. He grinned and my heart leapt. Suddenly my phone rang. I picked it up.

"Hello?" I asked.

"Max! You haven't called in age's honey. How are you? How are the flock? Is total okay?" Dr Martinez, my mom. I laughed.

"Fine mom, we're all fine," I said. She sighed.

"I just wanted to let you know that it's Ella's school prom in a few days. She wanted me to ask if you guys want to come?" mom asked. I looked at Fang.

"Let me check," I asked, I covered the phone. "Guys dya wanna go to a school prom for Ella?" I asked loudly. The whole flock burst out in cries of happiness and nodded vigorously. Fang looked at me as I asked him with a look. He shrugged. His way of saying "okay," I smiled. I told my mom we'd be there tomorrow. She sounded as if she was jumping up and down on the spot. I sighed.

"Gotta go now mom, its illegal to talk on the phone while driving, or flying," I told her. She laughed.

"Bye sweetheart," she said and I hung up. Nudge pulled up alongside me. Her eyes were filled with hope and sweetness. She crossed her hands and held them up onto her chest, pouting sweetly.

"Will you help me with my outfit?" she asked. I nodded reluctantly and she pulled away, smiling big. Fang cleared his throat. I looked at him and he looked back at me, his dark eyes impassive as usual.

"Are we going to have to go?" he asked. Something was there suddenly in his eyes. Hope? Anxiousness? I shrugged.

"Do we have to bring dates?" he asked. I looked at him. I shrugged again. Then his eyes went completely impassive again. I smiled in admiration. It must've been hard to keep that impassiveness all the time. Like when he was with Lissa (AKA the red haired wonder) he didn't properly open his eyes to her. His eyes were always impassive, always different to when he talked to me, or consoled me, or watched me when he thought I wasn't looking. I lingered on that thought a few more seconds until I suddenly felt the air leave my lungs. I dropped about fifty feet before righting myself and registering what happened. I did a 360 sweep and breathed out, after I realized I had been holding my breath. Then I heard a loud, high pitched scream. I looked up and my flock was being attacked. I didn't wait one second to think and surged upwards. I crashed headfirst into hard metal. It made a loud clang as I whacked my head and my vision began to fade. Stupid max, when will you learn? Then I felt wind rushing past me and losing altitude fast. Angel was shouting at me and then I felt arms around me, lifting me up. I opened my eyes and Fang was holding me, not looking at me. I tried to pull myself out of his arms and he looked startled, watching me.

"Max, stay," he commanded. I shook my head.

"Uh, uh, gotta help, I can't stop both of us from fighting," I demanded. We had a long staring contest which I won and he finally released me, alertly focused in case I fell again. I ordered him to help Iggy, who was struggling and then my heart stopped. Angel, my baby, was lying limp in the attacker's arms. Its laser green eyes glared at me. Its wings flapping ungracefully. A flying M-geek. I acted quickly, and kicked the M-flying-geeks ankles, watching it fall, with Angel still in its hands. I surged downward and grabbed my baby from the robots arms and held her. I shook her lightly, feeling her breathing raggedly.

"Fang!" I yelled. Fang turned and flew immediately to my side. "Fang, we need to go, these guys aren't going to let up," I told him, trying desperately hard to find excuses to go. Fang nodded and looked down at Angel, his eyes widening.

"Guys! Let's go!" I shouted, "Iggy, head for two o'clock!" I added, as I watched the Flock break away from the flying M-Geeks. I quickly and reluctantly passed Angel to Fang who flew ahead. I was going to take these dumb morons out myself. I swooped at one, punching down on the top of its head, and then hitting at its legs. It toppled in the air and crashed into another one, both of them dropping like metal assed rocks. There were four others who all flew at me. Bad idea guys. I flew swiftly up and watched them head butt each other and fall down the hundreds of thousands of meters down. Quickly I grinned and turned. I turned again. Hadn't my flock waited for me? Crap, I was on my own.