Chapter 1: Just another gig

(Max's POV)

Saturday, 1:00 PM

I'm in a band called Another Knockout, consisting of two 16 year old boys- Ari Batchelder and Iggy Griffiths on drums, 16 year old Nudge Johnson on bass guitar, and 16 year old Dylan Walker on electric guitar. Oh, and me, Maximum Ride, better known as Max. I'm the lead singer. Ari is my stepbrother. Now, most people would think that's awkward, but Ari and I don't. We get along really well. My other step- siblings, Angel and Gazzy are adorable. They're 6 and twins. They have the cutest, biggest blue eyes. Angel's real name is Alana, but everyone calls her Angel because she's seriously the sweetest kid on the planet. Gazzy's real name is Jacob, but Ari calls him Gazzy because he frequently passes gas.

Today was just another gig. The gig was at our high school, Phoenix High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Our band wasn't really famous. It was famous locally, but that's about it. Still, a lot of people knew who we were. Mostly teenagers listened to us.

"Hey Phoenix High!" I yelled into the mike.

"HEY!" Everyone yelled loudly.

"We've got a new song for you. It's called Hero." Iggy said. The band started to play, and I started to sing. Dylan sang as well, but I did most of the singing.

(A/N: The song is Hero by Skillet. I don't own that song. Italics=Max, bold=Dylan.)

I'm just a step away
I'm just a breath away

Losing my faith today
Falling off the edge today

I am just a man
Not superhuman
I'm not superhuman
Someone save me from the hate

It's just another war
Just another family torn
Falling from my faith today
Just a step from the edge

Just another day in the world we live

I need a hero to save me now
I need a hero, save me now

I need a hero to save my life
A hero will save me just in time

I've gotta fight today
To live another day
Speaking my mind today
My voice will be heard today

I've gotta make a stand
But I am just a man

I'm not superhuman
My voice will be heard today

It's just another war
Just another family torn
My voice will be heard today
It's just another kill
The countdown begins to destroy ourselves

I need a hero to save me now
I need a hero, save me now
I need a hero to save my life
A hero will save me just in time

I need a hero to save my life
I need a hero, just in time
Save me just in time
Save me just in time

Who's gonna fight for what's right?
Who's gonna help us survive?
We're in the fight of our lives
And we're not ready to die

Who's gonna fight for the weak?
Who's gonna make 'em believe?
I've got a hero, I've got a hero
Living in me

I'm gonna fight for what's right
Today I'm speaking my mind
And if it kills me tonight
I will be ready to die

A hero's not afraid to give his life
A hero's gonna save me just in time

I need a hero to save me now
I need a hero, save me now

I need a hero to save my life
A hero will save me just in time

I need a hero
Who's gonna fight for what's right?
Who's gonna help us survive?

I need a hero
Who's gonna fight for the weak?
Who's gonna make 'em believe?
I've got a hero

I need a hero
A hero's gonna save me just in time

I could tell everyone loved the song, judging by the loud clapping and shouts of "whoo!"