We rushed down the sidewalk and I became my old, paranoid self again, scanning faces, watching every dark crevice between buildings, counting heads every two minutes... Yeah, paranoid Max. Good fun. My thoughts were interrupted by Nudge, who brought me back down to planet Earth.
"Max, where are we going?" she asked, looking up at me. I sighed and thought quickly.
"North, to get her back to her family." I replied, jabbing my head in Jazz's direction. I saw Jazz roll her eyes out of the corner of my eye and smiled. Suddenly, Kalie stopped dead in her tracks, frozen. Sam was the first one to stop and actually notice she wasn't moving. We all gradually stopped and looked at her, wondering why she had suddenly become Statue-Girl.
"Uh, Sam...did Kalie get hit by a ice beam or something?" Gazzy asked, walking towards her. He got really close to her, looking into her eyes, when Sam suddenly pulled him away.
"Don't get too close." Sam hissed. He glanced around frantically and I wondered what was up. Suddenly, Kalie's head rolled back and her breathing started coming in gasps. Thing 1 and Thing 2 ran behind Sam, letting out small screams.
"Older kids make a human barrier around her, younger ones on the outside!" Sam ordered. Usually, I'm not one to follow directions, but this didn't seem like the time to argue. I stood next to Fang and Iggy and we held hands. Nudge grabbed Fang's other hand then grabbed Sam's hand, leaving Jazz to stand between him and Iggy.
"What's going on?" I asked Sam in almost a yell. I could feel Angel and Gazzy holding onto the back of my shirt.
"I'm not sure. She goes into these weird trances and gets kinda-" Sam was suddenly cut off when Kalie's head snapped back down so fast I thought it might fly off her shoulders. Her eyes were now a weird shade of turquoise and were glowing freakishly. Like, more freakish than a mutant birdkid should be... She slowly turned and looked at the group, a glare plastered on her face. Her fists were clenching and unclenching like she was either nervous or angry. The whole death-glare thing made me think she was angry.
"Max...what's happening to her?" Angel asked from behind me. She sounded scared.
"I don't know...what's she thinking?" I asked in a whisper. There was a pause as I assumed Angel read Kalie's mind.
"She's not thinking anything." Angel answered, sounding more confused then scared this time.
"What?" I wondered how someone could think nothing yet look like they're out to kill. I didn't have time to wonder long, though, because Kalie suddenly locked her eyes on Sam and snarled. She lunged at him and he released his hold on Nudge and Jazz's hands then was quickly tackled to the ground. Fang dashed over and tried to pull Kalie off of Sam but ended up getting an elbow to the chin. Jazz and I ran over as Fang fell back and grabbed Kalie's arms, which were now trying to strangle the life out of Sam. Thankfully, Sam was stronger than Kalie and still appeared to be breathing. Unthankfully, Kalie had turned into some super-strong who-knows-what and was almost stronger than me and Jazz put together. Fang hopped back up and aided me and Jazz in prying Kalie off of Sam.
"What in the world is going on?" Jazz screamed as she, me, and Fang all tried to keep Kalie down. Sam gasped a couple times then jumped up and ran over.
"She's having an attack," he said. As you can guess, that explained absolutely NOTHING. "I don't know why it's happening but it's happened before." I glanced up and noticed there was a crowd gathering around us.
"Well, it'd better STOP happening soon!" I yelled as Kalie fought against us. I heard people begin to whisper and mumble.
"Should we call an ambulance?" I heard someone ask.
"No, no ambulance. She'll be fine." Sam called out to the audience that had gathered. "Please just go on with your business." I heard Nudge and Iggy try to start ushering people away, but they were just too intrigued with what was going on here to vamoose.
Suddenly, it all stopped. Just as fast as it had started. Kalie's body suddenly went limp and her eyes closed. We stared at her for a minute, all of us breathing like we had just been in a fight. Which, come to think of it, we had. Sam pushed us aside and gently picked Kalie up. Fang, Jazz, and I all exchanged a glance.
"Sam, what was tha-"
"I'll explain someplace else." Sam cut me off and began to slowly jog away, Thing 1 and Thing 2 following after him. I sighed and the Flock turned to look at me (plus Jazz).
"Come on, guys." I made a snap decision and ran after Sam and the others, pushing through the crowd. I felt Angel catch up to me and grab onto the hem of my shirt as we ran. I had to figure this out. But how do you ask someone if they're a traitor when you hope more than anything they're not?
Simple, Max. I heard the voice in my head. You just ask.