Epilogue

"Been a long day, huh?" Fang asked, pulling me into his lap and holding me tightly as I buried my face into his shirt and nodded; it was a situation that had occurred before, but had a whole new meaning now that our relationship had taken a new – if not surprising – turn.

"Two new flock members, and information on all of us." I mumbled into his shirt, hesitating before continuing. "Do you think he was telling the truth? When he said that Ari was my brother?"

Fang sighed, rubbing my back between my wings. "It's hard to say. He could be telling the truth, he has nothing to gain by lying about that, after all, but then again… he hasn't exactly proven himself to be entirely truthful."

I nodded into his shirt, and the two of us fell silent for a while.

"So," Fang said after a pause. "Iggy and Nudge, huh?"

I pulled my head out of Fang's shirt, nodding again, relieved at the change in topic. "Yeah, I think they're going to fit in pretty well around here."

Fang grinned, nodding.

"Nudge and Angel seemed to get along pretty well; and Iggy and The Gasman, well… I have a feeling they might get along pretty well." I laughed, nudging him a little as I looked up at the four sleeping mutants.

Angel and The Gasman had found an almost blanket-like structure where loads of branches were twisted together and had curled up, falling asleep almost immediately. Nudge was on their left, the highest up and sleeping soundly against the tree and a second branch. Iggy was sprawled over two branches that were on pretty much the same level, sightless eyes closed and long limps thrown at almost unnatural angles.

I smiled a little at the sight, wriggling a little closer to Fang.

"You think we'll ever know what the stuff about us says?" Fang asked, changing the topic again. He was pretty chatty today. I knew what he was talking about, of course. When we'd taken a quick look at the papers in the retreating light of the sunset, they'd been coded - making no sense. Seemingly nothing more than random jumbles of letters and numbers.

"I'm not sure," I sighed. "We can try. I mean, I'm going to try my hardest, but God only knows what those scientists were thinking when they coded those papers. I'm sure that the code was designed to be unbreakable."

"I'm sure we can do it," Fang seemed strangely optimistic about the whole thing, leaning back against the tree trunk. "And even if you don't, its not that big of a deal."

I blinked.

"What? Fang, we're talking about your parents. About the kids' parents. That's a really big deal."

Fang shrugged. "So you're telling me your not even bothered that there's nothing about you in those files?"

That was another thing that our quick search had turned up. There was five groups of notes, one for every Flock member but me. "No. Not if it means that you guys get to find your families. That you get to settle down and live a proper life with parents, and friends, heck - even going to school!"

"It's not that big of a deal to me, at least." He amended, shrugging again. "Lets face it, even on the off chance that I did find my parents, I don't think they'd be too thrilled at the prospect of taking in two mutant-bird freaks."

I made to object, and then realised what Fang had just said. "Two?"

"Well, its not like I'm just going to leave you, is it?" Fang frowned. "Its both of us or neither of us. Besides, a normal life hasn't ever really appealed to me."

"Fang?" I grinned. "I love you, you idiot."


Finish.


WINNERS OF THE COMPITION:

Alright, so, if you remember, there was a competition running for the person who submitted the most reviews; their prize was to have two characters present in the sequel. I've tallied all of the reviews, and have found our winner. Along with this, I have decided that the three runners up should recieve a little something as well. Although, I'd like to make two things clear.

1) The same competition will be running throughout the second story, but with a different prize.

and

2) I do want to come up with more rewards for the four of you as book two progresses, SO, you'll have to keep on your toes!

So...

First Place

The winning number was... 13 reviews, by... xXMishaXx. (See below for details on your "prize").

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Third place, with 11 reviews, was Lacking Stealth. (See below for details on your "prize").

and... fourth place, with 10 reviews was Caris L Clearwater. (See below for details on your "prize").

In that soppy author way, I'd like to take a moment to thank every person who reviewed (especially the four of you!).

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