AN: So here's my first shot at a Maximum Ride story. I don't know how it will go so it would help if you told me what you think.

The story starts half way through the third book. (Saving the World and other Extreme Sports.) When the flock spilt up, except in this story they split up differently. And they don't meet again for at least two years.

Disclaimer: I own nothing. It all belongs to James Patterson.


I still remember the day as if it were yesterday. Fang and I, we had an argument over Ari, Fang couldn't stand being near him and I couldn't stand to leave him even if he had tried to kill me, I guess that was my caring instinct taking over. The instinct that had successfully ruined my short, miserable, pain filled life. Let me fill you in.

My name is Maximum Ride.

I once had a family, but they left me.

Right now I'm sixteen years old.

My DNA was altered when I was tiny. I'm 98% human 2% bird. But you probably already know that.

Right now I'm back at a school in God knows where I've been kept here alone for god knows how long, about two years.

Everyday, scientists do knew tests on me, almost everyday they fail. Each test is painful and I either end up passing out or screaming Bloody murder, much to the enjoyment of the white coats.

Today though I've been lucky, I've been awake for at least six hours and no one has come to try out some new test.

Not that I slept for very long though, each night I'm kept awake by memories. Each one so bold I feel as though I am actually there. Each time I see myself making the same stupid mistake and there's nothing I can do about it.


I turned to see Fang hop down onto the roof. He had come back finally. I had been so worried, I hadn't been able to think straight so I sat on the roof and waited. Right then I didn't know what to say to him, so I just said.

"Fine, you're on second watch." With that I jumped down off of the roof and went back inside the old cabin. Ari hadn't ripped anyone's throats out so I guess that was a plus. I placed myself in the armchair right next to Ari. So if he moved he would wake me as well.

I couldn't sleep though, my thoughts were two jumbled. What was wrong with Fang? He and I both knew that Ari was going to die soon so why not just let him stay with us. I knew he had no intention of harming any one of us. I knew that, Angel knew that. Didn't Fang trust me enough just to go with me on this? I knew the answer... No he didn't he hated Ari, more than anything.

Did he hate me now? I had no idea what I would do without Fang, I needed him.

But I guess I was about to find out.

At about five Fang walked into the room and began waking everyone up. I sat there watching him, wondering what he was going to do.

It wasn't long before I got my answer.

"Look guys" He said his face calm, his eyes betraying no emotion. "I know this is sudden, but I've decided I want to follow my own mission, I want to follow my own leads. And I guess that almost anyone is welcome to go with me."

I stood up my mind whirring, why? Why was he doing this didn't he realise how much I needed him? Did he not realise I would be nothing without him. I knew that Ari was not welcome to go with him and he knew that I wasn't leaving without Ari. So I guess that this was his way of saying goodbye to me.

"Fang" I looked at him my face showing only one emotion pain, I tried to hold his gaze but he wouldn't look me in the eyes. "Please, don't do this".

"I want to Max I'm serious about this."

And with that my heart broke. I looked around at the flock, my family who had stuck by me through thick and thin. Nudge, Gazzy and Angel were in tears crying as it sunk in what we were going to do. Iggy just kept looking from Fang to me.

But then a thought struck me, if Fang thought I was a danger, then maybe the flock thought the same thing, by choosing to stick with Ari had I proven to them that I wasn't safe? With me it always seemed that danger would find them, that they would never be safe. With me out of the picture and Fang there to take care of them, then maybe, just maybe they could live almost normal lives.

So right there and then I made a snap decision.

I looked at Fang. "You guys, Fang is right. Go with him start your own mission, save the world, be safe." Fang and the rest of the flock just gaped at me. I guess they thought I wouldn't give in that easily.

I walked over to Gazzy, Nudge and Angel and knelt down in front of them. Carefully I drew them all into my arms and hugged them tight. "You guys take care ok, be safe, be strong. Remember nothing can beat you. Nothing and No one is worth your tears. You are fearless and brave, the most incredible beings alive. You can live through anything. I love you, all of you always." I stood up to go, but three hands reached out and grabbed my Ankle.

"Max, why are you doing this." Angel asked through her tears.

"Max we can't live without you, we need you." Nudge sobbed.

And Gazzy he just stared up at me in disbelief tears running down his cheeks. He lent down and wiped them away with a kiss. "Be strong me little man I whispered to him.

Then I turned to Nudge and Angel again "I'm doing this because it is what's best for you. For you to have a life. You don't need me, you have Fang, he's just as good at taking care of you. You will be safe with him I promise."

I walked over to Iggy and wrapped my arms around his waist. "Hey Iggs" I whispered. "Be safe, be strong, you can do this good luck, big guy." His strong arms wrapped around me and he pulled me against him. Right now he really was one of the older kids. "Why are you doing this Max, they need you. Don't do this, Fang, he's being stupid, pig headed, stubborn, a jerk, but I promise you in a few days or weeks, he will get over it.

I looked up at him and smiled. "I'm doing this because I have to. And Fang he's being smart doing the right thing. I'm not good enough for you guys. I love you, I always will." I held him tight for a second longer and then I pulled away.

I turned to Fang and nodded. "Take care of them. Look after them, keep them safe always."

I have only ever seen Fang cry once before in his life, but right now a single tear rolled down his cheek. I wanted so much to run up to him and wrap my arms around his neck and kiss him so that he forgot all of the pain. But I knew that I couldn't as I would never be able to leave.

His eyes shimmered as he caught my gaze. They were full of pain, sadness, longing, disbelief and love. "Max" He breathed. "This isn't what I meant, please don't do this. This isn't what I want."

A small sad smile forced its way to my lips." It is Fang you made it pretty clear. I have to do this, you chose this. Take care."

I nodded again and turned my back on my family. I looked up at Ari who was sitting in the far corner of the room looking younger and more scared than ever. I smiled weakly at him. "Come on Ari, it's time for us to leave now." I walked over to him and took his hand and together we walked out the door.

I got to the porch and I heard Fang's strangled whisper, "Max wait, please."

I turned round slightly and shook my head. "I don't think that would be such a good idea."

And with that I jumped off the porch, snapped out my wings and flew away from the only people that I lived for.