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Incredible.

That’s the one word I can use to describe the feeling I get when I’m flying, soaring, through the air.

It didn’t really matter when or where I was flying, as long as there were no Erasers shooting steel bullets up at me. When it’s just me and the sky, I feel as if I could just keep on going forever. Or at least I wish I could. I know I’d have to eat at some point, and some sleep would be necessary.

But right now, I didn’t need anything to keep me going. The flock and I had recently eaten, right after we had awoken. We had decided that today would be the day that we would find The Institute. Fang and I had taken to the sky, unsure of what direction start our search. Back in the city, we had left poor Iggy to handle our four younger members. I can’t recall why we had done that, but its how it worked out.

After about an hour of flying, I began to worry. Fang and I had no luck so far with our search, and I wasn’t completely sure about the well being of Iggy, Nudge, Gazzy and my Angel. I didn’t feel too uneasy, just guilty. Poor Iggy; those three kids must be pulling him in all directions. I made a mental note to make it up to him, before he created a bomb for me.

We kept on flying.

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The sun began setting. I flapped my wings harder, faster. It couldn’t be the end of the day yet. It just couldn’t be. We hadn’t found any sign of The Institute yet. Today was going to be the day that I finally accomplished something. It wasn’t fair!

I growled. I know, I know. It’s animalistic. It’s childish. And it’s the only way to describe how I felt.

I could feel Fang’s eyes on me. I knew his head was still forwards too. That’s just the type of guy I knew him to be. Caring, but not too eager to show it.

He said nothing.

I said nothing.

It’s not like we always needed to talk to know what the other thought. And I’m sure that my grunt had explained everything I felt like saying with fewer words.

The sunset was breathtaking.

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I kept flying. I felt exhaustion taking over my body, but still I pushed on. I felt Fang’s eyes on me once again, and I frowned further. My muscles ached, and my head pounded.

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Then it happened. Without warning, that semi-regular explosion of pain erupted inside my head again. Against by will, I let out a cry of anguish. I couldn’t help but think I was forgetting something in my pain.

Oh, yeah.

I wasn’t flying.

But trust me; you wouldn’t be in the air if you were experiencing the same wave of pain I was receiving.

My hands were wrapped around my head, shaking, hurting.

Falling didn’t feel so bad. Except for the fact that it felt like imminent death, and it sounded like a tornado.

But other than that, it didn’t feel so bad.

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I’m not sure how long I was falling, but it couldn’t have been that long. I hadn’t hit the Earth yet, so it must have only been a few seconds. Still, it felt like an eternity.

The pain was distracting and excruciating. I really thought that this would be the one that killed me. The fireworks behind my eyes were consecutive and plentiful. Crap, why is it always me?

After a few more seconds of free falling, I realized that part of the noise that I was hearing was my own voice. I was whimpered softly while I mad e my descent to the ground, and occasionally I let out a curse or two.

Again, I’m not sure how long I was falling, but soon I felt strong, lean arms wrap around my curled up body. I cracked an open a millimeter, it not able to move more than that.

Fang.

Who else? He was always the one around when this happened. And he was the only one with me now. I watched him or another minute, before closing my eyes as another wave of pain washed through me.

“Max…?” Fang asked, slowly, carefully. Again, I cracked an eye open slightly. I saw his expressive eyes and the concern in them.
“… It’s happening again, isn’t it?” he asked again. I managed a very small nod, another pitiful whimper escaping my lips.

Well, if my head wanted to explode, it would be quite nice if it did it soon. I don’t know how much torture I can take.

But, as usual, the pain began to subside. And I really wished it hadn’t.

I wish I could just die now, or at least pass out.

I wish that I could hold in my pain, instead of letting everyone see. Especially Fang.

Fang… He was different than the rest. He was always calm, cool, collected. I would never admit it, but I was jealous of his ability to stay stoic during the most dangerous situations.

I finally noticed that I could move again. Why could I never figure out the exact moment that it happened?

The arms around me tightened, and I felt Fang’s hot breath on my face. Eww.

“Max… Are you okay, Max?” he asked, his voice low and unsure. My eyes fluttered open slowly, to meet the beautiful ones of Fang. Wait… Did I just say ‘beautiful’ about his eyes? Must be a side effect of the pain. Yeah. That’s it.

“Y-yeah. I’m fine…” I replied, my voice cracking. Crap. I hated feeling defenseless and pitiful. I noticed that we were no longer flying, but we were resting on the high branches of a very tall tree.

“Huh. Well, that’s good to hear. I was getting wo-…” Fang cut himself off. Weird. Normally when he had something to say, it was important, and he’d say it no matter what. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt to have some blackmail over him for future references.

“Hmm? What was that, Fang?” I asked innocently, raising my eyebrows. This should be fun.

“I said, I was getting worried that my legs were going to fall off. Man, you’re heavy. Did you gain weight?” He asked, amusement and suppressed laughter in his voice. Darn boy. I slapped him on the shoulder lightly, glaring as I moved off his lap.

“You have a death wish or something?” I asked, still glowering. Maybe Iggy would make me a bomb after all. One I could use on Fang.

“No… Not a death wish… But I do have a wish.” He mumbled in response, eyes glued intently to his worn sneakers. I rolled my eyes. The sooner we get this done with, the sooner we could head back to the rest of the flock. I really needed to see them soon, to see them okay. I needed to know that the Erasers hadn’t gotten them.

“What is that?” I asked, closing my eyes and leaning against the tree. I heard Fang take a deep, shuddering breath.

And then it happened.

Soft lips found my own, and my eyes shot open in shock. All I saw was Fang’s dark hair and pale face. I let out a muffled squeal out of surprise, and felt him move back. I stared in disbelief at the boy. I could tell my face was flushed, and I knew it looked awful on my skin. I didn’t care so much about how I looked when I glanced at Fang.

The normally proud, strong, stoic boy I knew was now leaned forwards, head in his hands and arms on his legs. Disappointment and hurt flashed over his features. I cringed. I hadn’t meant for it to come off like that. I had liked – no loved – the kiss. It had just been a surprise. Now to tell him that.

“Fang… I-I…” Crap. I’m doing it again. I made a mental note to bang my head into a wall later.

“What?” Typical.

Now to find the right words….

“Can we try that over?” I cringed, hoping that he wouldn’t play stupid. I had probably just ruined the best moment of the rest of my existence. I glanced over at Fang, feeling ashamed.

He was standing up and stretching. He stared down at me, his eyes hidden underneath his long bangs. The air was tense, and everything around us was silent. Not even a rustle of the leaves in the wind.

“Stand up,” Fang commanded, not answering my question. Well, that question was productive.

I stood obediently, wondering why I was taking orders from him now. I was supposed to be the leader; I was the one who was to give the orders. Taking them ruined that role I had grown used to.

“Well…?” I asked, frowning. It seemed like that was all I did since we started this search for the Institute and Angel. I stared down at the ground below. We weren’t that far up, considering I’ve been much higher.

My eyes shot to look at him as one arm trapped me against the tree. Sure, I had the other way to get out, but seriously. Who would want to? Our eyes met, and I could hardly remember to breath. Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale. In… Oh, who cares anymore?

I gulped. Was this really what I wanted?

“You sure you want a retry? You only get one.” He mocked, as if reading my mind. I’m going to keep him away from Angel for now on. We don’t need two of them running around in our group of six.

No words were exchanged.

None were needed.

Fang leaned down, and once again, our lips met. It was perfect.

It was as if fireworks were going off behind my eyes again. Only this time it was…

Incredible.
This "lovely" one-shot is dedicated to my very special :iconkandigirl7391:. She's very important to me, as I've known her for a long time.

~Kandigirl7391 also encouraged *threatened* me to write something and post it within a three day limit. This is my second day, and I'm amazed that I didn't finish it yesterday.

This is about five pages in Word, and I actually meant for it to be one and a half at best. Wish I had stopped before it became such crap. ^-^;

"Incredible" is my first Maximum Ride fanfiction, as I haven't finished the book yet. (Kandigirl is lending me it. She's also told me to write a Fax for DA) I had to tell the world of when I thought the first kiss between Fang and Max occured.

Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gazzy, Angel, Erasers and the like (c) to James Patterson
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InkStainedGhost Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This was amazing!!!!!!! :D
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Feather-Flyer Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was amazing. I never would have guessed that this is your first fanfic. :D (Big Grin) 
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ilovecassandraclare Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg i thought i recognized this story! i've read it on Fanfiction!!!!
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I do not have a fan fiction account. Is the story under the same name as mine?
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ilovecassandraclare Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm i may have come across it on here before i had an account and am just remember that, i don't know sorry i am nooooo help :iconshrugplz:
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ilovecassandraclare Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AWWWWWW
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greekgeek1228 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
That was awesome! That is like pretty much exactly like Max's pov I felt like I was actually reading a max ride book!
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Alcomea Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Hey do u wanna join the Iggy fan club there is writing folder too!

:iconiggy-fanclub:#Iggy-FanClub
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Lupana Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is probably one of the best Fax stories I've ever read.. no joke! That was just amazing!
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Awww, thanks hun! <3
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maximumfangride Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010   Writer
Loved it! It was amazing, all though I'm pretty sure their first kiss was on the beach after Fang was attacked by Erasers.
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Yeah, but this was written almost two years ago, and I'm pretty sure I hadn't read that far. ;D

Thanks sweetie. (:
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maximumfangride Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Writer
Your welcome. Check out my fanfic plz!
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littlemouse015 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Maximum Ride. Is it just me, or is there a sudden, huge fanbase for it?
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Probably due to the manga and movie promotions. ;D
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littlemouse015 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool. So how are you?
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Decent, you?
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littlemouse015 Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm pretty good! I hate Mondays though.
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shootingstarsz Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
oh so good love it!!
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Thanks. (:
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mistymay0 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
wow, you really do have a talent for writing. keep that in mind :3 This is really good!
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Aww, thank you. :blush:
You're too kind. :3
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mistymay0 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Your welcome, it's just your epic at writing :3
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Stop, you're making me blush. o/////o

<3
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mistymay0 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Your welcome X3 but you are epic at writing
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Echosong98 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
That was so awesome!! You should right books!
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
Ahahah, thank you. (: I'm glad you enjoyed it! And awww, thank you, but I don't think that I'm good enough to be an author. < 3
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Echosong98 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
=-) It was really cool. Write some more!
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
Ahaha, I'll try, but I can't promise anymore Maximum Ride fanfiction unfortunately.
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ThePurpleTempest Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Student Writer
Wow, amazing ^_^ really good.
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Ahahahah, glad you liked it. (:
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ThePurpleTempest Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Student Writer
It really was awesome ^_^
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
Thanks. <3
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DewCrystal Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
You captured Fang and Max's personalities pretty darn well.^^ It's amazing!
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ShadowKing15 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Student Artist
D'woah. O_O That was awesome. 8D Very well written.

~alteregoplz~

UWAH! :D Sooooooooo CUUUUUUUUUUUUTE! XD *happydance*
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kingdomhearts93 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
yay! go max and fang!!! xDD u know the manga just came out, right? i just bought it at Barnes&Noble!!! <33 and it's uber good! i havent read it all though, but thats about to change!!! lol! -w- great job though!!!

p.s. write more? please! X3
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InvaderLeopardstar Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
*starts jumping up and down like an idiot*
YAY!
This was really good!I looove Fang & Max too!
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Thanks!
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InvaderLeopardstar Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
No prob!
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twilight-freak11 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
Zomg, its awesome. xD
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
Why, thank you. ;]
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maximumridelover Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008   Writer
i love it! was there a horrible part i'm missing? i read the whole thing and didn't see one. it was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Thanks. =]

Horrible part? I thought it all was horrible, since I was rushed by my friend. xD But, thanks again.
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maximumridelover Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008   Writer
none of it was. it was all good
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summersea Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow...
I can only say that :D
Seriously.
I loved this :heart:
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Thank you! < 3 I appreciate it.
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summersea Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
Writemoarplz?
I hope you do :)
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Sleepwalking-Aiko Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Don't worry, I will. =] It's just that it's exam week and I haven't much time to do so this week. xD
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summersea Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, same happens to me :D
I will write more fax in the summer.
Yay fax :D
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Cartinia Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
Sweekin! This is one of the best oneshots I've ever read! It sounds so... Um.. so classic Maximum Ride-y. After the second book it feels like different author. It's cool to read something written by someone who's ideas haven't been tainted.
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