We where flying along our merry way when all of a sudden,
"Max can we stop? I'm tired." I heard Gazzy complain.
"Well thats not like you.." I was puzzled, but I had been flying to long to use the thinking park of my brain.
"Come on max, we have been flying to long!" Nudge complained.
"Fine," I wasn't going to tell them I was tired too.
We decended towards a bunch of trees that looked safe to hind in.
I sat down, no more like flopped down onto a fallen log that looked nice and sturdy. I stretched my wings hearing them crack like fangs knuckles when he wakes up in the morning.
Suddenly a rustling sound interrupted my cracking session. I spun around to see a shadow emerge from the bushes.
"Who are you???" I stood and spread my wings out menacingly.
"Calm your farm Max.." The voice was so snide it made me want to puke, but it sounded slightly familiar...
"No way! Dakota!" my head spun to see that it was fang that made the out burst.
The shadow stepped forward and revealed herself.
Her hair was pitch black and flowed down to her waist like two silk rivers. Her black eyes flickered with a strangely familiar kind of intelligence. I stared at her outfit; black skinny jeans and a black top that clung to her way to skinny figure, on this top was printed the words "Your not cool unless you have the wings to prove it."
Then I noticed she had WINGS! The midnight blue feathers made me jealous, but I had no intention of showing that!
"Fang! I haven't seen you since.... ever!!!!" they embraced with a almost silent sigh. My eyes narrowed. Who was this chick? Why was she familiar? And how the heck did she know my name?!!!!
"Take a chill pill Max! Hes my twin, a duh!" how the..? Did she just read my thoughts?
"Yes I did Max." ZOMG! Wait a minute!
"Twins??? How come you never mentioned this Fang?" I turned my eyes suspiciously to the now unreadable and totally impassive Fang.
"Um you never asked.." he turned his gaze back to his newly found lost sister. They are so brother and sister! They look so much alike (except Dakota is drop dead gorgeous and Fang is tall dark and hansom..... um I mean... uh.... no forget it!) both dark and tall and creepily emo!
"I'm not EMO!!!!" she looked into my eyes and we had an evil stare contest. I was blow out of the water and I hate to admit it and I mean HATE, but I was actually scared and slightly disturbed! MEEP!
"Okay whatever." look back at the rest of the flock staring intently at our strangely beautiful newcomer (except Iggy, who just stared at the spot where she stood, no expression in his eyes, creepy how he can be so accurate.)
"Okay we have all had a rest now lets get going! I mean if we want to get to New Zealand before sundown.." everyone look at me like I was insane!
"Can we camp here the night?" asked Angel tugging on my T-shirt.
"No we really need to-" I stopped when I saw her irresistible puppy dog face.
"Oh fine!" I was tired and I mean New Zealand isn't gonna disappear over night.
"Yay!!!" everyone (except Fang and Dakota) was jumping up and down squeaking with delight. Tired ae? They saw how I stared at them and stopped jumping and acted real slow and drained of energy.
My eyes narrowed.
"So....Dakota....where have you been all these years?" I turned my glare back to her, ignoring her hands in Fangs, MY Fang!
"Um here an there, mostly hunting down clones, ewww I hate those things! But its taken me all over Europe." She stated her eyes filled with a strange sort of softness, for a moment she looked completely different to her brother. I tried my best to ignore their closeness, he was MY BOYFRIEND but he never held me like that.
"And what brings you to the Gold Coast?" I interrogated, my mouth twitching slightly.
"I was on my way to see a friend and then I heard my brothers thoughts." she smiled at him, and he SMILED back!!!!!
"Wow! Look at that!" I ran to the edge of the balcany. The golden sandy beach filled my gaze and all I could think about was jumping into that crystal blue water. I squealed with delight. I heard my brothers familiar chuckle from behind me. Turning so quick that my hair lashed out in a black plated whip, I grabbed his face in my hands and looked him straight in the eyes.
"BEACH!" I said slowly but still some how managed to shout the word.
He pulled my hands down and gave me a silent nod.
I squealed again and skipped inside. Once the rest of the flocks eyes were on me, I was immediatly expresionless and totally impasive.
"Beach anyone?" I snatched my swimming bag from the couch and looked at Nudge and Angel.
"Me!" they yelled in sync (creepy).
I heard replies from evryone except Max, why did she have to be all "Anti-Dakota"? Oh well, not my fault shes a downer.
"Beach, beach, beach...." Angel sung happily as they gathered their things.
I was the first out the door, sprinting down the stairs taking them 4 steps at a time. Bursting out into the quiet street. I looked back to see the others racing down the stairs after me.
My feet as light as feathers carried me across the empty street.
The sand felt warm between my toes. I searched for a tree to sit under and choose a huge Pahutakawa.
Everyone did what I did.
Nudge and Angel ran to the water screaming as Gazzy chased them. Total lay on his stamach in the shade of the mighty tree and snored his doggy head off.
The wind carresed my cheeks and snaked through my hair. I let out a deep sigh.
"Hey, guys!" I heard a male voice snake through the air.
"Sam, what are you doing here?" Max replied, her eyes alight with a blood boiling lothing.
I looked up to see a tallish boy with sandy blonde hair. It took me a while to notice he was staring at me.
"Who is this?" he was obviously ignoring Max's harsh comments about being a stalker.
I blushed and looked away.
"This is my SISTER, Dakota." Fang growled, protective as always.
With an out streached hand he asked me if I would like an ice cream. All eyes flicked to me.
"Sure," I was feeling daring today.
We walked for a while, once we got our ice cream. You can't beat sprinkles!!!
Sam seemed to like how unemotional I was until he tried to make a move, he always laughed when a blushed and picked up the pace.
It was getting late and I knew that I better get back.
While we were walking he managed to hold my hand after my attemts to dodge.
"I better be getting back," he looked dissapointed.
"can I just do one thing?" I had no idea where this was going so I said.
"Sure." he smiled mischievously slowly lent towards me.
'OH NO!' I thought, blushing bright red.
He pressed his lips against mine. It was like ice craking and breaking away. My impassive image went up in smoke that very second.
He pulled away.
"Crap," I sighed as I realised Fang would freak.
'A MONTH LATTER'
"Hey, cutie." He hugged me tightly.
"Hi," I pulled back and stared at him.
"Um, Dakota, sit down, I have to tell you something." I didn't like this.
I sat down pulling my boyfriend with me.
"Go ahead, Sam." he looked really nervious.
He hesitated, then smiled a creepy smile.
I really was starting to dislike this.
"Um..well.... I'm....a...Erasor." I watched him transform into a hidious mutt.
I pulled my hands away from his and screamed.
He gripped my arms and smiled a evil doggy smile.
I kicked upwards hard, he let go and got to his feet. He pushed me flat on my back.
Flicking my legs up to the sides of his face and twisted my hips sent a earth shattering crack through his body.
I watched as his furry form fell to the sand.
My hands flew up to my face where the hot tears rolled down my cheeks.
I jumped to my feet and took to the skys, leaving the boy I had spent all this time thinking I loved him and the dog inside that brought him to his death.
I landed on the roof of our rented batch. The tears poored from my eyes like ice rivers. My sobs rung through the night softly bouncing off the trees near by.
To my surprise I saw Iggy slowly approach and awkwardly sink into a sitting postion next to me.
"Sup?" he turned his sightless eyes to mine and smiled impishly.
"Really?" I asked surprised. My laughter was cracked and quiet.
"Why are you crying?" he asked. Of all the peoples brains I can't read Iggys was the one that frustarated me the most.
"How did you-"
"Your breathing is ragged as." he stated like it was normal. And since when did he speak like a kiwi?
"Well, you see, Sam was an...an-"
"Erasor? And you killed him?" he turned his head to the sky and chuckled.
"How did you..." my eyes were wide in amasement and confusion.
He looked at me and smiled a croked smile.
"So you and him are through?" he raised one eyebrow.
I cracked up laughing and put my head on his shoulder.
"Dakota? Can I ask you something?" he turned his blank eyes to mine.
"Can I feel you face?" I scrunched up my nose. "So I can see what you look like." he clearified.
Now I understood, I shrugged.
He moved to face me.
His hands ran hesitantly down my face.
Outlining my eyes, my nose, my lips....
"I have to tell you something," Oh no, not again! What now?
"I....um..well you see...uh..oh screw this!" He lent his forehead against mine looking annoyed and flustered.
I stayed still not understanding completly.
He leaned closer, moving his mouth closer to mine.
I definatly understood now. No way!!!
Seeing his intention I closed the distance and pressed my lips to his. His lips were soft and warm, they had a comforting feeling to them.
Im kissing Iggy!! One of his hands moved to the small of my back and the other locked in my hair.
I placed my hands on his slightly flushed face.
"Since when have you felt like this?" I mumbled as I pulled away.
"Well at first I thought it was cool how you could put max in her place," he gave a little smirk. "Then when Gazzy kept going on about you and you were always so nice,.... it grew slowly. I was going to ask you out on the beach that day, but that ex-person Sam turned up. I couldn't believe my luck! I got so accostomed to your footsteps, your voice, I could swear I could hear your heart beating from miles away, it got to the point where I wanted to kill Sam myself! But Im here now with you in my arms, the awesomest girl I have evr had the pleasure of meeting let alone kissing!" his arms tightened and shivered from the cold. He pulled his wings around me making a cocoon of warmth and a wall of feathers that protected us from the outside world. Only the light of the unfamiliar stars could penatrate our fortrice.
"This is so unlike you Ig'," He pulled me into his lap and kissed my hair. I leaned against his shoulder and breathed in his scent. Why did you smell so wonderful?
"I don't know why but love makes you do strange things." So this was love? Was he truly in love with me? One thing was forsure I was falling for him and his nice smelling T-shirt and hard! Why didn't I notice before, I mean I've always thought he was cute but I never thought he would go for someone like me!
I sighed long and deep.
So this is what it feels like to love.
I looked out at the view as I shoveled down my breakfast.
Out of nowhere Fang is sitting next to me.
"So you and Iggy, huh?" Please don't go all protective on me now Fang.
"Yes, and?" I scooped another spoonful of cornflakes and placed then in my mouth. I chewed slowly, turnig my head towards him, one eyebrow raised.
"I, I don't think its um wise, sis," he hesitated. I took this to try and stop a pointless argument.
I swollwed quickly and threw my spoon back into the bowl with a clang.
"And what does it have to do with you? I don't need someone to control my love life bro. Don't even go there!" I pushed my bowl away, suddenly I wasn't all that hungry.
"Dakota, just listen!" he put his hand on my shoulder and tried to turn me towards him.
"We are not having this conversation!" I pulled away from the table shrugging away from fangs hand.
"Bluebird, Just wait!"
I froze where I stood.
"What did you just call me? I am not bluebird!" I spat the out the last word.
That name has haunted me for years and I did not expect to hear it from Fang of all people.
"Bluebird is DEAD!"
I shot him a glare so powerful that if looks could kill he would be stone cold.
I tore away from him towards my room, I passed Max in the hall way and she looked genuinly conserned.
I slamed the door before I burst into tears.
No not Bluebird, just not bluebird. Of all the names he could call me why bluebird?
My head was resting against my knees, I brought my head back up and smudged away my tears with the sleave of my jumper.
Me and Iggy have been goin out for about 3 week and all that time I had managed to avoide my overprotective brother. And yet still he catches up to me and brings up something so horrid as my underworld name.
The underworld is home to the blackmarket and the meanist gangs in the world.
I was an assasin, I highl payed one at that, because I had wings. They called my Bluebird.
It was really good until I got an asignment that I just couldnt complete. My best friend; Maximum Ride.
I couldn't kill her so I had to make her forget. So I druged her and now I only seem like a bad case of Daija vu, that I can just put down to my simaliarity to Fang.
I continued whipping the tears from my cheeks.
They never found out, but I coulnt help but feel weak so I left the underground and ran away from the flock.
I went clone hunting and got hooked on it.
Bluebird hasn't been called on in 2 years.
And I will not answer any of her calls not now, not ever.
Just then I felt the door move behind my back.
I leant forward to let Iggy into the room.
He pulled me out of my sorrow and brought me back to reality.
"Feel like a walk on the beach." how did he always know what to say.
I beamed at him and he held out his hand for mine.
We stayed at the beach for hours. I was glad we chose I beach where no one ever comes, because of the sharks.
We just sat for hours avoiding the others avoiding the world and avoiding reality.
As much as I love my brother, I just wish I could get away from here, just Iggy and me.
We talked and talked till sunset.
"Ig' I dont want to go back," I felt butterflies arise in my stomach as I thought of Fangs caring but over protective face.
Iggy noticed my anxiousness.
"We don't have to go back, I mean we could stay at the beach tonight."
"Is that legal?"
"Have we ever cared?" he had a point.
After a few moments of silence I looked into Iggys eyes and asked; "Wanna go for a swim?"
He answered by pulling me up from the sand and pulling me towards the water.
The water was cold on my toes and made me shiver involentarly, Iggy noticed my discomfort and pulled me closer to him and ran his mouth down my jaw line.
Slowly ae actions became more heated.
I turned to him and crushed my lips to his.
I fingered the hem of his shirt and he quickly got the message and araised his arms allowing me to pull it off. He repeted the same with mine.
I traced my fingers down his chiseled abs causeing him to shiver and pull me closer wrapping his arms tighter around my bare stomach.
While tracing patterns across my back our kiss continued.
He pulled me deeper into the water.
'Gosh, my bed is uncomfortable and itchy, has Gazzy put sand in my bed again?' I thought in irritation.
I rolled over and bumped into something hard and warm.
'What is that?'
I cautiously pried open my eyes, afraid of what I might see....
After rubbing my eyes I was able to confirm that the object was a very familiar pale body.
I guess last night wasn't a dream, not that I dream about that sort of thing.
Startled by the events of last night I scrambled to get dressed quickly, effectively waking up the person who I had earlier identified as Iggy.
"Um, Dakota, I think I can see, but I don't know what!" he sounded incredibly frustrated, but also quite excited."Uh what do you mean?" I asked confused, since when could Iggy see, wasn't he blind?
"Thanks captain obvious!" WTH? I didn't say anything!
"Um did you just?"
"Read my thoughts?"
"No, you just pointed out the obvious. Anyway we have bigger fish to fry... why can I see abs? Are you staring at me?" I was still confused about what he had said earlier, but I would work that out later.
"Iggy, if you see it, it doesn't mean I'm starring at you."
He sighed in frustration.
"I mean I think I can see what you see." he almost yelled at me.
I knelt down next to him and stared longingly into his blue eyes, I slowly pulled my fingers through his shaggy red hair.
"Are my eyes really that blue?" he asked. I paused.
"Yes." I started hyperventilating. I closed my eyes.
"No, not again the darkness is too much." I opened my eyes again. His shocked features slowly calmed.
"You closed your eyes didn't you?" I smiled sheepishly.
"I need to get to a mirror!"
"What? Why?" he stood up slightly disorientated and walked straight into the pahutakawa tree.
"Dakota, come here." he wrapped his arms around my waist and said "Lead me to the batch please."
I led him to the batch, I heard him gasp as he took in what he saw.
As I walked into the batch I stared at the full length mirror that hung straight across from the front door.
He released a loud gasp. I wonder why? I'm not that special, I mean I'm way too skinny and I always look so emo! Not as emo as Fang of course.
"Oh shut up," I scrunched up my nose.
I heard the door behind me open. I turn to see Angel standing in the doorway.
"Mornin' Angel." I greeted her.
"Sup D'" she replied giggling like she always did, "Cool Iggy can see what you see." As she read our thoughts her face became slightly shocked at the nature of last night.
"Um, Ange, don't tell anyone! Okay?" I was almost impassive, if it wasn't for the pleading in my eyes.
"Okay." she turned and skipped up the stairs.
"Well that was close!" I took Iggy's hand and lead him upstairs into the kitchen.
I made two bowls of cornflakes and carried them out to the balcony.
I froze as Dakota and Iggy came out onto the deck, sickeningly close together.
Their eyes scanned right over me, telling me that I had turned invisible.
Dakota turned to Iggy and started talking about where they had been last night while munching on her breakfast.
"So...um..interesting night last night." she seemed jumpy.
"Defiantly! Have you ever....done that before?" she shook her head.
"No, your the first." 'The first', 'done that before?', what were they implying?
No, No, NO!! NOT MY SISTER!!!! I stayed very still, wishing I had misunderstood. But the words words that came out of Dakotas mouth next confirmed my worst nightmare, and I'm not talking about me in pink.
"Nope, never had that before."
"Wow, that is surprising." she blushed and placed her empty bowl on the table next to her.
"I'm going to get changed see you in a few, I have to remember to not step in front of the mirror!" WTH did that mean? I didn't care! I just wanted to rip Iggy's head off!
"Bye." and just to infuriate me more he leaned down and kissed her! GRRRRRR!!!!!
She closed the ranch slider and walked into her room, tightly shutting the door behind her.
"YOU!" I shouted and threw my arms around his shoulders and launched into the air.
I dropped him on the beach and landed on the sand at his feet. He just lay there clutching his shoulders.
"What is wrong with you?!" he snarled.
"You....you.... you know what you did!"
"Fang calm down! It aint like she wasn't willing." that just made me even more pissed.
He tried to stand but I thrust my foot into his chest, pushing miss back to the ground.
He gasped and clutched his shirt.
"Stupid redhead!" I grabbed an fist full of hair and punched him square in the nose.
"Fu-" he exclaimed, but didn't fight back.
I was to blinded by rage to care.
I threw his head back with a thunk.
His arms fell to his sides, he was barely conscious I slammed my foot down on his long arm, it gave a loud satisfying 'crunch-snap'.
"Dakota!" he yelled in pain trying to stay awake. he squirmed and looked at me.
"At least I'm not this protective over my sister, if I was you'd be the one with the broken arm..." he seemed to notice something I couldn't see. He gave me a You-going-to-get-it smile before his eyes fluttered and he closed his eyes. What did he mean? I turned my head to the sound of wings fluttering.
"Fuck!" I saw fighting on the beach. I heard Iggy's cry.
"Double fuck!" I took to the air and shot like a rocket through the sky.
Lucky we were in the middle of fricken no where.
I landed on the beach and stared at Fangs Dark figure looming over Iggy's crumpled body, his foot pressing on top of Iggy's right arm.
"You asshole!" I ran towards my brother and jumped on him, sending us both to the ground. I punched him in the jaw so hard that my knuckles hurt.
"I know perfectly well what he did and like I said stay out of my personal life. God damn it! You stupid jerk! He's my boyfriend!"
I climbed off him and stared him straight in the all-to-familiar eyes.
A rage boiled inside me that was just to much to bare.
"If you ever try to speak to me again, I'll cut out your tongue and use it as a welcome mat!"
I turned back to Iggy and ran to his side.
"Darling, Iggy wake up." I stroked his cheek softly.
With a quick survey of his body, I found a giant bruise beginning to blossom on his arm where it twisted at a funny angle.
I had to get him back so I could reset his arm.
Lucky bird kids are light.
I hadn’t spoken to Fang for two months since the accident. He had attempted to talk, but I always walked away. My relationship with Iggy was getting stronger everyday and no trouble had found us here in NZ at all!
I was begging to love this place.
I stared out at the beach; the view from our roof was simply the best.
It was difficult but I managed to sit on Iggy’s lap, even with my wings wide spread.
“Isn’t the view magical?” he sighed in my ear. It was strange hearing a blind kid comment on the view.
“Yes, I mean I’m the one seeing it.” He nuzzled into my neck, causing me to shiver.
I turned his head to face me and kissed him softly.
“Have you talked to my brother?” he shrugged and closed his eyes.
“Not so much, it was just a ‘Hey’ and an ‘Eh’. The ‘Eh’ being me of course.” He tightened his arms around my waist.
“I just couldn’t believe he did that to you! I mean he should have been calmer about it, we have done it more than once, and every time he hears he takes a swipe at you!” I clenched me teeth, willing my mouth to stay shut.
“It’s alright Dakota, he just over reacts.” I look down at the mirror in my hands, my annoyed expression showing clearly in my reflection.
He smiled and kissed my cheek.
“I want lunch.” I decided suddenly and rose from my comfortable position.
“Well, let’s go!” taking my hand he leaped off the roof and landed on the balcony, catching me in his arms.
“Put me down!” I wriggled playfully.
He places me softly on the ground and raises my chin to kiss me slowly.
I repay him with a groan and a playful slap.
“Stop it!” I knew Fang was watching, and I may hate him but he is my brother.
“Come on,” we walked inside hand in hand.
“I’ll go make you your favourite.”
“Thanks Iggy... how do you know what my favourite is?” he just tapped his temple. I shrugged and let go of his hand.
He trotted off on the kitchen.
I love Iggy in the kitchen. Not that I don’t love him everywhere, but still, especially in the kitchen.
With a huge smile on my face I turned to face the front room
Max was there, just standing there.
“So, you and Ig-“ she started to say but I cut her off.
“No! Don’t! I don’t want to hear it!” my smile turned to a serious frown.
“To bad, I think you should talk to Fang and hear his side.” She was looking at me as if I had no idea.
“Has anyone bothered with my side? Huh? Does anyone ever ask the actual person anymore? Everyone just assumes I’m a stupid girl who doesn’t know what she’s doing. Since when is what happens in MY life no choice of MINE! Face the facts Max, I don’t want to hear Fangs side cause I know it, I can read minds DUMBASS! I did it ok, not you, you can’t judge me for something you know absolutely nothing about!” I was puffing by the end of my rant. All my annoyances and accusations flying out of my mouth like verbal shrapnel.
She stood there, staring at my clenched fists and narrowed eyes that gave away my emotion, which, I must admit, was strange for me.
“What’s going on?” and just to make things even more perfect, in comes Fang.
I shot him an evil look and folded my arms.
“I was just discussing Iggy and Dakota’s .... incident a few months ago.”
“See wrong again, it was not an ‘incident’ it was the greatest moment of my life, and it’s happened more than once.” Fangs eyes nearly fell out of his head.
He gritted his teeth and tried to remain impassive.
I almost felt intimidated.
Just then they both began shouting and cursing, while I stood there looking slightly scared.
Iggy entered the room with a butter knife dripping strawberry jam in his hand. I slipped out the mirror from my pocket and looked at my reflection.
He dropped the knife with a clang and rushed to my side.
“Do we have a problem?” he said as he wrapped his arms around me.
“And here he is! The man of the hour!” Max rolled her eyes.
I snarled at her and she attempted to be emotionless, but I can see emotion in Fang, come on! A rock can’t hide it’s feelings from me.
“Shut up Max!” I lurched forward, but Iggy held me back.
“Why don’t we calm down and think this through?” Iggy was trying to calm a pack of snarling lions.
“’Cause you’ve done something wrong and-“ Max started.
“Wrong? WRONG?! How dare you, you stupid ... GIRL! It’s not like you and Fang haven’t been close to what we did! Your boyfriend just hasn’t had the guts, because he’s scared you’ll run away again.” I slapped an evil smirk on my face to hide my actual feelings.
“You went there..”
“Oh, I went there.” Fang constricted his arms around Max and pulled her back.
“Besides, I mean if I was protective over my sister, you would be the one with a broken arm.” I turned to look into Iggy’s face. Can he remember? But I thought I had drugged them all?
“I sure do.” He whispered into my ear.
Dang Iggy reading my thoughts.
While we had a half spoken half telepathic conversation, Max and Fang stood there confused, wondering what was going on.
“So anyway,” Iggy broke away.
“What do you mean Iggy?” Fang asked.
“I mean...um...sister....Max...is...my...sister.” he attempted to smile but failed.
He brought his face into the crevasse of my neck.
“W-W-WHAT?!” Max stuttered.
I could see her leaning against Fang for support.
Suddenly in walks the Gasman.
“Sup...oh awkward.” He pulled a funny face and made me giggle quietly.
“Hey Gazzy!” I gave him a rarely seen, by anyone other than Fang and Iggy, smile.
“Dakota, can you come play with us?” he smiled back.
“Uh, sure, I’m sure Fang and Max want time to think.” I grabbed Iggy’s hand and we followed Gasman out the door.