Hey! I got this idea when I reread Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports. So here I am. It's short because it's a prologue and in general pattersons' chapters aren't that long. So ya.
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN MAXIMUM RIDE JUST THIS IDEA
"Hello Max," he said quietly, "How do you feel?" She frowned in consideration.
"Why I feel fine, Jeb." She said with mock joy, "How do you feel?"
"Any nausea? Headache?" This information was crucial if his only daughter and her band of misfits were to live after the By-Half Plan was to take place. He was failing to save Ari so he had to save Max.
"Yep and it's standing here talking to me." He mentally slapped her. Was it possible that she actually kept her emotions from the dream-state life?
"Does it feel like you've been through a lot?" Jeb asked brushing his fingers across the covers knowing she would shudder.
"Yeah. Kind of. And sadly I'm still going through it." Jeb looked towards Anne Walker and she nodded. Max narrowed her eyes. She realized that something might not be right.
"Max. I'm going to tell you something you're not going to believe." Jeb stated.
"You're not evil? You're not the worst lying, cheating, betraying jerk I've ever met?" Anne stepped forward. Jeb motioned to say that he had it under control.
But Anne spoke anyway. "The truth is that you're at the School."
"Not freaking duh! And wait – let me guess – I'm a human–bird hybrid. And you captured me. Oh and wait... I bet I even have wings. Am I right?"
"You don't understand. You're at the School because you never left it. Everything you've experienced for the past four years has been a dream." Her eyes widened. She glanced at the flock. They were impassive with a glare aimed at Anne and Jeb. "We monitored your heart and lungs as you imagined yourself in violent fights. We chose New York, Florida and Arizona. Remember Dr. Martinez and Ella? We wanted to test you with responses with a nurturing environment where you felt welcome."
She paled. What Anne failed to mention is that, that was part one in a three part test. Part one which was based on their actions towards pride and greed. Which they failed. They must succeed in one part or they will be unsuitable for living after the By-Half Plan takes place.
Jeb looked at Anne and nodded. They left the room so the flock could mule over what they've been told. The Director needed them so they could find out how to display part two. "Change their ages. Make Fang and Iggy older by four years and Nudge by two. Bring back Ari and add Dylan-"
"But Dylan isn't–"
"No buts Jeb. There's a reason I'm the Director not you. Add Dylan and make them believe they're human."
"Jeb. Hiding their wings is the easy part. It's their other genetic abilities I'm worried about."
"It'll work." Jeb promised.
"Good. Let part two begin! Oh and Jeb. Ari can't stay." Jeb nodded and began working on the system.
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