We all sat and ate our pizza in silence. Even Nudge, the most talkative of the bunch, didn't utter a single word as she gulfed down her share of pizza. Because of our modified DNA and stuff, we burned calories faster, so the more the merrier.
There was so many sides to this unusual habit of ours that I kept losing track. On one hand, we could never get fat so flying was a lot easier, but we had to keep eating constantly for fuel. Which meant we needed to take more breaks for food. Which meant less time for finding Fang. Which meant he could be in Arizona or New Mexico by now.
My heart felt like a deadweight in my chest and I dropped my piece of pizza on my plate, not feeling hungry anymore. Wasn't there some saying like that? "It's hard to eat on a heavy heart" or something? It didn't matter what the saying was, I guess. It just kind of hurt and I wasn't in the mood to eat.
I turned with a blank expression to face Angel who had put her pizza down on her plate, too. She scooted closer to me and put her hand on top of mine in a comforting gesture. Her eyes were filled with sadness and with a sudden guilt I realized that I was probably bringing them all down with my bad attitude.
I strained a smile to brighten them up and looked at all of their sullen faces. "C'mon guys! Why don't we look around? I bet there's a bunch of tourist attractions. Heck, maybe we'll even spot Fang somewhere," I said optimistically. One by one, their expressions brightened and I felt a warm relief flood through me.
We all got up and headed downstairs where I paid for our large order. Once we were outside again, I stretched my arms upward, feeling the release on my tense muscles. It felt really good, so I held it for as long as I could before letting my arms drop back down to my sides. Feeling refreshed and more relaxed, I actually felt better.
The wind blew my knotted hair back, ripping at my face harshly. Yet it still felt good on my skin, so I wasn't complaining.
"So where are we going first?" asked Angel. She was jumping over the lines on the sidewalk, looking very much like her age. Moments like these were rare since most of the time she acted like she was grown. Too grown if you asked me.
I shrugged and turned to Nudge. "Apparently you know more about this place than I do. Lead the way." I had a bad feeling about letting Nudge lead the way, but not one of my danger-bad-feelings. Just like an uh-oh-bad-feeling. So I was okay with it for the most part.
Turns out, I was right to feel that way. Her face lit up like a Christmas light and she started rambling on about all of the historical buildings and museums and stuff. I attempted to keep up with it for the first two minutes, but eventually I got lost in her twister of words and decided to zone out instead. She would decide on something herself sooner or later.
I stuffed my hands into my pockets and looked up at the sky. Gray clouds were beginning to file in and the wind was still blowing at a constant rate, obviously not planning on slowing down any time soon. It was apparent that we wouldn't be leaving the city tonight in case our findings came to a dead end, so why not enjoy ourselves now and search tomorrow? One night of fun couldn't be so bad.
But we still haven't found Fang. That was our purpose, our drive for this journey. I scowled. What was with Fang and his "heroism"? All it was doing was getting on my nerves.
And yet I couldn't help but appreciate his motives. Stupid they may be, but appreciated. At least he was thinking of us when he made his decision.
But did he ever consider what his departure would do to us? How we would react? That we would actually go after him, intent on finding him and bringing him back home? Fang may be as smart as an uneducated bird-kid could be, but he sure did have his dumb moments.
"So how about we go to the park, Max?"
I jerked out of my thoughts and looked at Nudge who was looking back at me. I nodded reluctantly and her face brightened as did the rest of the Flock's.
"The park it is," I said.
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