Hey there! Sorry I haven't updated in like forever. Don't kill me! LOL

Anyway, I've been busy with school, homework and cheerleading.

Yeah, I do cheerleading. All Star Cheerleading. Ridiculously expensive but ridiculously fun. Google is your friend if you want to know more. But it's basically cheerleading with A LOT of competitions all over the world. I've been to Worlds at Disney World about 4-5 times.

Plus I've been almost dying from the flu. Ick right? LOL

Okay. I'll shut up! Thanks for the reviews!

Without Further Ado,

Apartment Twenty Three

Max P.O.V.

I pushed the door to my dad's apartment open and slide through the crack, making sure to close the door behind me. I let my bag slide to the ground and kicked off my shoes before padding into the brightly lit living room.

"Sup dad?" I said, flopping down onto the white leather couch beside him.

"Hey Max" He said with a smile, giving my hug. I peeled him off of me slowly and moved about an inch away. Did I say how much I hate hugs? No? Well I do. A lot. He chuckled as I kicked my feet up on the coffee table. My dad, Jeb, isn't the best dad in the world, but he isn't the worst. I get most of my looks from him except for the tan; my dad is such a pale cracker.

"So how was cheerleading?" He asked softly. He knew I didn't want anyone to know about it, so he rarely ever talked about it. Praise the lord.

"It was alright. Got in a fight with a bit...I mean girl. But everything's cool" He nodded and shrugged off my almost cuss. He teaches high school students science, he's used to it. I smiled and leaned back against the couch as the doorbell rang. My dad started to get up but I beat him to it.

"Gotta be faster pops" I said with a wink. He rolled his eyes before opening his newspaper. I stretched before opening the door and looking out. The tugging on the edge of my pants brought my gaze downward.

"Hi!" A little girl about the age of six, with pretty blonde hair and blue eyes said, with a big smile that showed dimples. Adorable. I bent down on my knees to her level.

"Hi. Where's your mommy sweetie?" I asked as she ran a finger through my hair. She giggled and pointed next door at Apartment Twenty Three.

"Mommy said I could come say Hi. Do you wanna play with me?" She said, giving me puppy dog eyes. Hey, why not? Not like I have anything better to do.

"Sure. Just give me a second" She nodded and I motioned for her to come in. She bounced up and down on her heels as I slide my feet back into my shoes.

"I'm going out Dad. Be back soon" I called out and he made a sound like sounded like okay. Patting my pocket to make sure my phone was in it, I ushered the little girl outside and closed the door behind us.

"I'm Angel" The little girl said, grabbing onto my hand.

"I'm Max" She smiled and pulled the door open to Apartment Twenty Three.

"Mommy! I made a friend!" The little girl yelled out and a woman with blonde hair and blue eyes just like Angel's appeared from the kitchen.

"Hi there. I'm Clara" She said with a smile and stuck her hand out.

"Max Ride." I said, shaking her hand.

"Make yourself at home" She said, waving her hand around the apartment that looked a lot like my dad's except it was a little bit bigger. I nodded and she disappeared into the kitchen again. Angel grabbed my hand and tugged me inside the apartment into a little bedroom. It was pink with little silver splashed on the wall. She had a few pictures along with posters hanging up on the walls. Regular little girl stuff, except for one poster that caught my eye hanging on the left wall. It was a cheer poster. A Stingrays poster. My team's poster from last year. Rays was printed across the top in blue and green letters and our team was below, with me front and center. Angel caught my gaze and noticed what I was staring at.

"That's you" She said with a giggle, pointing at me on the poster and I nodded before blushing.

"I wanna be a cheerleader. But mommy says it's too much money." Angel said with a sniffle and wiped at her eye.

"Hey. Hey! Don't cry. How about I teach you some cheers, but you have to promise to keep it a secret" I said with a wink, putting a finger over my lips. She squealed before slapping a hand over her mouth, nodded and started jumping up and down.

"C'mon then. Let's go outside" I took her hand and we left the way we came, walking down the hall to the stairs.

"Race ya!" Angel screamed, taking off the stairs. I laughed, picking up the pace as we both ran down the stairs. Her toe touched the bottom just as mine did. I brought her out to the front lawn and placed her right in front of me.

Let the fun begin.

A/n:

Kinda weird. Sorry.

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