As I flew, I followed the Voice's directions, hoping they were right and not leading me on a wild goose chase. You wanna know what's cool? Watching the sunrise from the sky. Seriously. You should try it some time. Oh, wait...you probably don't' have wings. Okay, I'll describe it to you: First, you see the pinks, oranges, and reds, gently making the sky lighter. Next, the very top of the sun peeks over the horizon. Then, the sky gets brighter, the colors more vibrant, until the whole sun is out of its hiding place and making everything below you look golden. It's also glaring straight into your eyes so you have to squint, but it's worth it.
After the sun had risen, I noticed some small black dots making their way towards me. It looked like three little black dots. As they got closer, I began to realize they were getting bigger. Small plane or big birds...? I wondered to myself, beginning to tense. I saw something on them move, and realized they were wings. Okay, big birds...REALLY big birds... I began breathing deeper, calculating a strategy. I knew these weren't birds. I couldn't see them clearly because the sun was directly behind them, but I knew they weren't birds. "Okay, Max...think..." I whispered to myself. Then I got an idea. I began flying higher, trying to get above them. They were getting closer, so I was gonna have to act fast. I began pounding my wings, going faster and faster, trying to go fast enough that it they wanted to hurt me, they were gonna have to have really good timing. I was going so fast the world below me became a blur, but I knew I wasn't going fast enough. Suddenly, one of the black things shot up in front of me. I tried to slow down, but it was too late. We collided, and both of us went tumbling down.
I heard a scream as the wind rushed past my ears, and I glanced over. The thing that had smashed me turned out to be a fellow bird-girl. I remembered I had wings and began flapping them again, but the other girl didn't. I think she may have been a bit dazed from the impact... I was just about to go grab her when something shot past me. It was another bird-kid, a boy. He flew underneath the girl and grabbed her, bringing her back up to me and the rest of his group. Turns out, there were actually four of them. The boy, the girl who had crashed into me, and two smaller girls who looked kinda like twins. The boy glared at me, scanning me up and down. I did the same to him and the rest of his little clan.
"Who are you?" He growled at me. I folded my arms over my chest and hovered in midair.
"Maximum Ride, who are you?" I growled, just as fiercely, if not more.
"Whaaa?" The girl in his arms said, coming to. She looked over at me then jumped out of the boys arms into the air.
"Who are you?" I repeated, not letting my voice waver a bit.
"I'm Sam." The boy said. "This is Kalie," he motioned to the girl who had been in his arms, "and those two are Thing 1 and Thing 2." The two younger girls smiled and giggled.
"Are you seriously Maximum Ride?" Kalie asked, flying a bit closer to me.
"Yeah..." I said, moving backwards as she came forward. Kalie smiled and turned to Sam.
"Dude, it's seriously her!" She said, beaming. Sam simultaneously shrugged and nodded.
"Where's the rest of your Flock?" Thing 1 asked. I shrugged.
"You don't know where they are?" Thing 2 gasped. I nodded.
"We got separated. I'm trying to find them now." I said, trying to figure out if I could actually trust these guys.
"Want some help?" Kalie asked.
"I don't need any help, but thanks." I said, smiling an incredibly fake smile at her. Kalie glanced over her shoulder at Sam. He nodded.
"Strength in numbers." He simply said. I sighed. He had a point, but I couldn't just trust these guys...
"Don't worry, we're not working with Itex or anybody bad." Kalie said, sensing my...fear isn't the right word, but I wasn't happy.
Help is never a bad thing, Max. The Voice said. I sighed and rolled my eyes. I looked over their little group again and shrugged.
"If you wanna tag along, you can. But one wrong move and I'll kick all your butts at once." I said firmly. Kalie nodded, Thing 1 and Thing 2 hi-fived, and Sam just stared at me gravely. I turned and began flying East again, with a small group following me. I really hoped I hadn't just put the nails in my own coffin with these guys...