Hey guys! This is a crossover fanfic between GONE and Maximum Ride. Enjoy!
Also, this story is set a while after the second or third Maximum Ride book, therefore, Fang is still here, no such thing as Flyboys, Dylan, Akila and Total, and Max doesn't know about Jeb, Ella and Dr. Martinez. (:
The fresh crisp air blowing through my hair made me feel calm. Happy. Relaxed, and somewhat energized. I inhaled deeply, enjoying the cool air.
"MAX!" Gazzy cried out. "A beach, a beach!"
For the first second, I had panicked when I heard Gazzy shout. Why? For starters, it had been strangely peaceful lately. Shocking, huh? The Erasers were nowhere to be seen. Not even a shadow. It had been a week without the Erasers, following us, so of course I would start to get suspicious. Were they planning something...big? Would they sud- I snapped back to reality as someone elbowed me, hard, in the ribs.
"What?" I snapped.
Gazzy pointed a finger down. "A beach," he repeated slowly, rolling his eyes.
I gazed down. He was right. A beach. Sparkling blue water, foamy white waves, so welcoming. Sand. Sand so golden, so soft, my toes were twitching. I glanced at Fang who shrugged with a rare smile. He always liked beaches. I tried my best not to remember the last time we were at the beach, and what had happened. Would this be history repeating itself? I sure hoped not...
The flock must have noticed me hesitate, but I quickly recovered. "Next destination: the beach!" I yelled, laughing.
"DIVE-BOMB!" Gazzy shouted, looking towards Iggy. Down they went, plunging into the ocean, followed by Angel and Nudge. I flew behind them, Fang close by. "So much for keeping a low profile," I muttered.
There was a loud splash, and Gazzy's head came bobbing up to the surface, laughing. I smiled to myself. On second thought, maybe I don't want to be soaked in water. I landed lightly on the sand, and tucked my wings in.
Oh, not you again. The voice. I don't know what bothered me more, the fact that my annoying voice was back, or the fact that it sounded stupid because it rhymed? "I am," I muttered a little angrily. The voice was a weird thing. It came and went. Comes and goes, comes and goes. Shading my eyes, I scanned the area around us. Always alert. Always checking, for possible danger.
Nothing. It was a pretty empty beach, which shocked me a little. On such a nice day like this, and it was deserted? Okay, well not entirely deserted, there were a few "harmless" looking people walking around, even some with dogs. Which reminded me of Ella, and Dr. Martinez. I wondered how they were doing lately. Another thing I saw, was a huge nuclear plant, overlooking the area.
"Where are we, anyway?" I asked Fang, who landed a few seconds ago and was now standing beside me.
"Ah, well known for the beaches?"
Fang shrugged, but smiled and sat down on the sand, indicating for me to sit down.
A loud rumble. My instincts shouted earthquake, but common sense told me it was only my stomach.
"You're hungry," he said.
I smirked. "Thank you, Captain Obvious. But I'll last," I lied. The truth was, I hadn't had a proper meal in two days.
I switched my gaze to the rest of my flock. Angel, my little angel, unseen. Obviously enjoying the fact she had gills, and probably telling a fish to commit suicide, for dinner, with her weird mind control. Nudge, walking along the beach, talking to herself, or saying something I couldn't hear. Gazzy and Iggy wrestling each other in the water, and by the looks of it, Iggy was winning, despite the fact that he was blind.
"McDonalds close by," Fang said, indicating with his thumb.
I nodded. "Yeah, I saw before. Good idea, except we don't have any money right now."
Fang reached into his jacket pocket, and produced a wallet. "Found this."
"Stole," I corrected, smiling.
Fang shrugged, and handed me the wallet, bulging with cash. "Rich guy," I comment. "Kind of like those evil scientists," I added. "How did you even manage to get this?"
Fang laughed, and simply said, "I have my ways."
I laugh, and for a second our eyes meet. I look away quickly, feeling somewhat awkward. Tense, but... happy? I don't even know my own emotions. I stood up, and slowly brush the sand off my clothes and yell towards the flock, "You guys hungry? We're gonna go grab something to eat, let's go! Next stop: McDonalds!"
"Good," Iggy shouts. "I'm starved!"
Five minutes later, we entered through the glass doors of McDonalds. I quickly surveyed the area. "Guys, anything suspicious, we leave right away, Ig, up at two o'clock, OK?" This, followed by nods from my flock. Inside McDonalds it isn't as empty as it was at the beach, but everyone in here seems pretty harmless to me, none of them look like Erasers, which relaxes me a tiny bit. "Alright," I say, striding up to the counter, order in mind.
"Hi, may I take your order?" asks a young lady about twenty, with bleached blond hair. She gives me a hey-shouldn't-you-be-at-school? look, but I ignore it.
"Yeah, uh ten quarter pounder burgers... ten large fries- hey, guys what drinks to do want?" I ask quickly.
"Coke for me," Gazzy says walking up to the counter beside me.
"Sprite," Iggy says.
I nod. "Fang? Nudge? Angel? What drinks do you g- I stop, as I see a shocked look on Nudge's face, which mirrored Angel and Fang's. "What?" I whispered, frowning.
"Did you see that?" Nudge asked, voice shaky.
"I saw!" Iggy said with a grin. I didn't even bother rolling my eyes.
"What?" I repeated, looking at Nudge.
"She's gone," Angel whispers, eyes wide, pointing a shaky finger behind me.
I spun around quickly. "The hell..." I stammered. I looked over the counter to see if she was there, underneath, but she wasn't.
"No. Not just her. They've all gone," Fang said, frowning. "All the customers."
Fang was right. Everyone just disappeared. What the hell. Voice, you could tell me something helpful, right about now. But silence. A cup of coffee, spilt, was dripping slowly down the side of the table. "Oh shit," I said, and covered my mouth. "It's another trap!" Without hesitation, I raced to the door, and ran outside, my flock close behind. "Up and away!" I shouted as I unfurled my wings. We flew in the direction of the beach, as it was familiar, and had wide, open spaces.
My heart raced, as we were flying but suddenly, I realised that no one was after us... Where were the Erasers? The whitecoats? Jeb, even?
Slow down, Max. Think, for a second.
I did slow down. And... something was not right, but I couldn't quite put a finger on it. Fang must have noticed something too, because he spoke suddenly. "Max, look down."
I looked down. Nothing. No, not nothing. A car crash. With my raptor-vision, I saw there was nobody in the car. "Well that's lucky, they survived," I said.
"I think we should go see," Nudge suggested, still in shock. Something definitely wasn't right, how did all those people disappear, like that? Was I hallucinating because I hadn't had anything proper to eat in a while? I pinched my forearm, and felt the pain. I was awake. So what was going on?
Max, you are safe. Trust me. No one is chasing you.
The voice, again. I didn't argue, the voice had never been wrong. Ever. So if no one was chasing us, then why was it that we were still flying? I looked at Nudge, still waiting for an answer. "Okay, I think it would be best if we go see what's going on."
We tucked in our wings, and went plummeting downwards.
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