"Uh…hey Max." Ella said nervously.
"Hey Ells, what's up?" Max asked, looking down at her thirteen year old sister.
"I uhm…have to tell you about…something." Her sister answered.
"Come on in, we can talk." Max offered, inviting her sister in.
Ella nodded and came into the room, she sat on the bed while Max sat with her. The older girl could clearly see Ella was somewhat afraid to say what she needed to, the fact she was avoiding eye contact with her sister proved it.
Ella gulped, "I don't think Fang should be here anymore." Ella said meekly.
"What?! Why would you say that?!" Max snapped shooting up.
"He hurt you Max!" Ella countered standing as well. "What if the next time he kills you, it not safe for him to be here!"
"Ella look," Max said sighing. "I know you're worried, but I can handle myself. Fang already apologized about the whole fight incident, he isn't dangerous."
"Do you hear yourself?!" Ella screamed. "Max he's a monster, he's an abuser!"
Max slapped her sister, "Do not call him a monster, if anyone's the monster it's you for thinking that."
Max's eyes widened when she realized her actions, Ella held her red cheek. Max had never hit her before, tears streaked her face. Max breathed in and reached out for her sister, taking the younger girl into her arms. "I'm sorry Ells, I didn't mean to do that." Max apologized. "You just don't know what he's been through." Ella simply nodded and wiped her tears, her and Max then retook their sitting positions on the bed. Max decided to tell Ella about Fang's life, excluding the wings. Ella's dark brown eyes widened when Max had finished explaining, she felt bad for calling him a monster.
"I had no idea…" Ella gasped.
"It's okay, just don't tell him I told you." Max said.
"Uhm Max…since mom isn't here…there's something I have to show you." The thirteen year old muttered.
"What is it?" Her sister asked.
"You know that Iggy and I have been dating for like a year now right?"
"Ella you aren't pregnant are you?"
"Eww, gross no. It's this."
Ella removed her hand from her neck and pulled down her sweater neck, revealing the purple mark on her neck. Max gasped, Ella had a hickey.
"Please don't tell mom." Ella begged.
"I won't, because I got one too." Max said, moving the neck of her jacket.
"Max!" Ella gasped, standing.
"What?" Max asked.
"I know why he attacked you."
"In science class at school we were learning about traits and stuff, he has the dominance trait. He bit you...so he feels dominant...that's why he did that!"
"You aren't making sense."
"When the two of you fought, those marks on your arms show signs of struggle, plus you were really scared...when he bit you, he felt powerful, dominant…he felt as if he was being disrespected. Yes, he loves you, but it's a second body placement. Half of him feels like he needs to dominate you..."
"Well seeing as he has a matching mark, I'd say we're equally dominate...but that might be true…"
"He felt that you were…agreeing on his being able to do this to you…and when you didn't cooperate…that's what happened…"
Ella turned over Max's wrist, Max winced slightly. She still had bad cuts on her arms, but most of the bruises had healed. "I guess it is my fault this happened...I'm the one who yelled first..." Max assumed. Ella shook her head and continued to observe her sister's wounds, wondering how much longer it would take for them to heal or if Max had sustained any greater wounds. Ella gave her sister a small smile, "It's no one's fault sis, you didn't know about his anger." She said. Max nodded and gave her sister a smile as well, then she decided to go and talk to Fang. Ella decided to go with Max, she hadn't gone down to the basement since Fang had moved down there.
Ella was frightened of Fang, she saw him as an unpredictable person. When he came back after Max had stormed out, she was terrified. Deciding to act as though she were Max, she argued with him. Ella didn't like the fact of Fang and Max being together, she felt that now, after he had hurt her. He would do it again.
Venturing into the basement the two girls went to Fang's room, Ella was behind her sister. Fang wasn't in his room when Max opened the door, though she saw a paper sitting on his dresser. Max tilted her head to the left slightly and walked over to the dresser, she picked up the paper and unfolded it. Max saw that it was a letter, addressed to her, written in Fang's chicken scratch handwriting. Max read the letter over, shock stabbing her in the heart.
I know I promised you I wouldn't, but I had to. I don't know how long I'll be gone. I'm hoping it's not long. I don't want to hurt you again, not like I did. So I'm staying with Claw for a while, I told him what happened…about the fight. He said he would help me control my anger that way what happened last night, will never happen again. I'll miss you, not being next to me. But it's only for a little while, so try and be strong Maxie, not like you already aren't though. I promise I'll come home, when I learn to protect you from the monster I am. I love you, more than anything in the world. I'm sorry…but goodbye.
Max couldn't believe what she was reading, her eyes narrowed. How dare he do that to her! How dare he leave without telling her goodbye?! Max dropped the letter and charged out of the room, she went upstairs with Ella close behind her. Entering the kitchen, Max grabbed the home phone and dialed Iggy's number.
"Hello?" Iggy asked picking up the phone.
"Where does Claw live?" Max demanded.
"Oh boy, when you're angry that's never good." Iggy sighed.
"Fang left, he said he's staying with Claw." Max informed him.
"Claw lives in town, I can come pick you up and drive you over to his place, if you want?" Iggy offered.
"That'd be great." Max answered.
"Be there in ten." He said.
Max waited outside with Ella, she wasn't going to leave her little sister in the house alone. The familiar black mustang pulled up next to the house, Iggy sat in the driver's seat…Ratchet sat next to him. Max glared at the boy, remembering the incident they had when Fang took her out on a date that night. Ratchet quickly apologized for it as Max got into the car, then she saw the stitches underneath his left eye. She felt no sympathy for him, he deserved it. The car ride was silent, Max mentally cursed herself. Since Fang had his wings, he could leave the house without her even knowing. Though she felt broken, broken at the fact Fang would just leave her like that. Especially after he promised he wouldn't, he could have at least told her…not just run off. Entering the small New York looking town, the car turned the corner and stopped.
"Claw lives on the bottom floor." Iggy informed them, excluding Ratchet.
"Alright let's go then." Max said, walking to the door with Ella.
"Max." Iggy said. She turned and looked at him. "Not that bottom floor."
Max gazed at him in confusion, then followed as he and Ratchet led the way. The four teens walked behind the apartment complex, then stopped. Max noticed there was another tunnel, similar to the one that led to Fang's old house. Max quickly took the lead and rushed ahead, charging into the tunnel. When she got to the other side with the others behind her, there was a gate. "How are we gonna get in?" Ella asked. Max took a step back, then kicked the gate open. The metal gate clanked as it hit the ground, the blond haired fifteen year old turned and looked at her sister. "That answer your question?" Max answered. Ella nodded and they proceeded ahead. Taking another left, there was a door. Max deiced to be civil and knock on it, she and the others waited for a while.
"Can I help you?" Claw answered from the other side of the door.
"Fang! Out here! Now!" Max snapped as a response.
A silence occurred, then Claw said. "He's out at the moment."
"Tell him I said if he doesn't come out now, I'm coming in." Max growled.
The door opened and Claw invited them all in, Fang was nowhere in sight. "Fang! Where are you, I know you're here!" Max shouted about the place as she walked around. While Max was searching for him, Claw offered everyone a soda.
Hearing the footsteps of his angry friend Fang hid, there was only one thing that scared him, and that was Max when she was angry. Fang was hiding in one of the closets, thankfully he heard Max's footsteps and shouts fade. He shifted uncomfortably, the closet wasn't very big. Then the door swung open and Max stood there, an angered look on her face. Thinking she was going to drag him out of the closet, he was surprised when she stepped inside.
"What the hell is wrong with you?!" She snapped.
"What, I didn't do anything." Fang replied.
"That's a lie." Max held up her fingers and counted on them. "First, you left without telling me. Second, you broke your promise. Third you-"
"Alright I get it, I screw up. Nothing to get upset over geez." Fang scoffed.
"You jerk!" Max shouted, punching Fang in the face.
"What the hell was that for?!" He snarled.
"You broke my heart nimrod!" Max screamed in his face.
Fang remained silent, he could see Max wanted to cry but refused to. She glared daggers at him, probably mentally killing him at the precise moment. Fang held his hands up in both defense and comfort, he hadn't meant to upset her. "You don't get it, do you?" Max asked. Fang said nothing, he only looked at the ground and listened to her talk. "I didn't know what to do Fang, I didn't know where you were. I thought you loved me, and promised me you'd always be by my side. Don't say anything." She snapped when Fang showed he wanted to interrupt. "When I finished reading the letter you left, I thought you were abandoning me. How could you do that Fang, you know how attached to you I am. You know how much I love you, and how much I need you. So why, why leave and not even have the courage to say it to my face?" Fang looked into her eyes, had she not read the letter? It clearly stated his means of leaving.
"If you read the letter." Fang said, crossing his arms. "Then you know why I Left."
"Still, you could have told me! Not written a stupid letter then run off, seriously what's wrong with you?!" Max demanded.
"Just shut up and calm down!" Fang ordered.
The closet went silent, both teenagers looked into one another's eyes. In Max's were anger and hurt, in Fang's eyes...there was nothing. The dark teenager's eyes were passive, revealing nothing in which he felt. Max's eyes however, showed everything she was feeling. Reaching out he locked his strong arms around her, holding her tightly to his body.
"I left for you, I can't bear the thought of hurting you again." He told her.
"You're hurting me by leaving Fang." She said, wrapping her arms around him.
Both teenagers remained in the closet till the door opened, there. Stood the others, gazing at the two caught in one another's embrace. Quickly they both pulled away from one another, Fang left the closet and Max charged after him.
"So just how long are you planning on staying here?" Max asked.
"Until I can guarantee that I won't hurt you." He replied.
"Fang, you need to be back at the house." Max muttered.
"Why, so I can spend all day keeping you company?" He asked, rather harshly.
Max narrowed her eyes, "You need to be there because I know who's been stalking us you jackass, and if it's so much trouble then why be in a relationship with me?!"
"Again with this being stalked shit?" Fang yelled. "I told you, no one is after us."
"It's Jeb you bastard, I saw him following us!" Max shouted.
"Sure it is." Fang said, rolling his eyes.
Max snapped and ran forward, she prepared to slam her fist into Fang cheek. Before she could, Fang grabbed her whist. A chuckle escaped his throat, Max saw that his eyes were solid black again. A dark chuckle escaped his throat, "You really think I couldn't block that?" Max kicked his side, he was restraining her for too long. Fang felt no pain, instead he threw her onto the floor like he had before. "You stupid little bitch!" Fang snapped. Max shot up from the ground and took fighting stance, not wanting to fight the one she loved.
"Enough!" Claw roared, stepping forward.
"Stay the hell out of this!" Fang snarled.
Fang lunged at Max, she lunged back. Claw and Ratchet held Fang back, both of them wrapping their arms over his shoulders. Iggy and Ella restrained Max in the same manner, holding both teenagers back with all their might. But Max still pulled against her friend and sister, a scowl on her face. "I hate you!" Max screamed. She ripped herself away from Iggy and Ella, and stormed out of the room. Ratchet and Claw released Fang, Claw started at him with disappointment.
"What?" Fang growled.
"You pushed it Fang, now she hates you. Is that how you want it, is that where you want your relationship to go? Now I know you love Max, and you want to protect her. So get your ass out there and apologize to her, and explain why you need to be here." Claw explained, pointing to the door.
Fang nodded and walked out the door, he walked through the tunnel. Once at its exit he saw Max sitting on the stairs, she wiped her eyes then punched the wall. "Why did I even trust him?" She asked herself, curling up against the stone wall. Fang quietly walked towards her, his footsteps unheard. He stood in front of her, watching her. "Hey, you alright?" He asked. She didn't move, he heard her sniffle. He cursed himself, he'd made her cry again.
"Leave me alone." She said quietly, turning away from him.
"Max hear me out, don't hate me." He requested.
"Why shouldn't I?" She growled, looking at him.
Fang walked towards her, ignoring her protest for him to stay back. He wrapped his arms around her, pulling her towards him closely. Max tried to pull away from him, but he had his arms over hers.
"I'm sorry okay," Fang sighed. "I'm sorry I left."
"You should be, now let me go!" She snapped.
Fang shut her up with a kiss, Max pressed her lips together and refused to kiss him back. Fang had his eyes open, so did Max. He looked into her eyes, it appeared as if they were saying "I can do this all day." Max still refused it, then Fang did something he knew that would get her to kiss him back. He ran his tongue along her bottom lip, simultaneously swiping it back and forth along her lips.
Max gasped, and gave Fang the opportunity unknowingly. His tongue slipped into her mouth, caressing her tongue with his own. Max caved it, she couldn't hold it back any longer. She kissed him back, slipping her own tongue into his mouth. Fang smirked against the kiss, then leaned forward a little. Max's back came into contact with the cold ground, his arms released her. Both his hands were placed on her left and right side, while her hands weaves through his hair. They shared a passionate make-out for more than ten minutes, then pulled away. Smirking at the mad blush dancing over her cheeks, her eyes filled with sparks of love.
"You gonna listen to me now?" Fang asked.
"I don't think I will." Max replied, looking away from him.
"Shall I kiss it out of you then, maybe that'll work?" He chuckled, kissing down her neck.
Max placed her hands on his shoulders, she pushed him up so she could look into his eyes. "I'll listen, I'm just hurt Fang." Max said. Fang felt a familiar pang in his heart, the pang of guilt. How many times had he hurt her now, he'd lost count. He sat next to her on the steps, then looked down at his feet.
"I know you hate me, I hate myself. I'm here for you Max, Claw is going to teach me how to control my anger." Fang put his arm around her. "That way I won't ever hurt you like that again."
"Let me be the one to help you Fang, I don't like being home without you." Max said, clinging tightly to him. "I feel safer."
"Max I have to be here, it's for the best." He reassured her. "I'll call you every day until I get back. I promise."
"That isn't going to help!" Max snapped standing up. "I don't want you here Fang, I want you home! I don't care if you'll hurt me or not, because if you do I'll kick your ass!"
There was a pause.
"Fang I love you, more than you think I do. How do you think I'm going to be able to sleep tonight without you next to me?" Fang looked at the ground as she continued. "I won't get any sleep because I'll be missing you too much." Max's arms came around him, her head resting on his shoulder. "I'm begging you, please, don't stay here." Fang sat on the steps as Max held him, he sighed, and wrapped his arms around her. What was he going to do, he couldn't say no to her.
Fang stood from the steps, Max looked up at him. She knew he wasn't going to stay, he was going to leave her. Anger boiled up inside of her and she stood, clenching her fist in anger. "Fine then, stay here for all I care! I don't need you, if you're going to abandon me like this!" She shouted, then she screamed. "I DON'T LOVE YOU ANYMORE, I HATE YOU!" Fang simply stood there, listening to her shouts of anger. What was left of his heart, was now shattered into a million unfixable pieces.
Max ran home, not caring how far it was. She ran through the streets, tears in her eyes. That was why she didn't want to be in a relationship with others, she'd get hurt. Max wasn't worried about Ella, she knew Iggy would drive her home. When Max got home she stormed in, she bolted upstairs to her room. Slamming the door, she bashed herself against the wall. Crying.
He was really gone.