I woke up in the morning with butterflies in my stomach. I had no idea why I was feeling this way, it was so weird. I quickly got ready for school and made myself a hearty breakfast of, wait for it, CAPTAIN CRUNCH! Ok so maybe I'm not the best cook in the world but I'm just lucky I didn't screw up my bowl of cereal. Ok? So don't judge me.
I dropped off my eight year old sister Angel at her elementary school and then drove my sister Ella and me to the high school. Ella was a year younger than me so she was a sophomore while I was a junior. We went to the office and got our schedules and with a hug, we said goodbye and went our separate ways. I have made it through three classes and there is still no sign of Fang. I felt my face fall in disappointment but I quickly regained my stature. As I walked down the hall I heard many voices whispering about me.
"Oh my gosh! Did you hear about the new girl?"
"Yeah, it's Max I saw her with my own eyes. She's back!"
"No way did someone tell Fang yet?"
When I heard someone mention Fang my head snapped up in the direction I heard it from. I wanted to hear more of this conversation.
"I don't know but I'm sure Lissa is going to be pisssssed."
I don't know why but when I heard the name Lissa my face fell and I felt a pang in my gut. Was she the girl he replaced me with after I left? And what was I feeling now, could it be jealousy? No, there is no way I am jealous, I Maximum Ride does NOT get jealous. Fang has every right to have a new best friend; I have been gone for two years now. What did I expect? Him just to stop everything he was doing and freeze his life until I can back? No, that would just be selfish, but no matter how long I tried to convince myself that Fang had every right to replace me, I still couldn't get rid of the feeling I had arising in my gut. And that's when I saw him; I would know those eyes anywhere. He was at his locker shoving books in it and talking to himself. I knew it was now or never. I took a deep breath and started to walk over to my best friend.
My best friend in the entire world moved away two years ago and I was a mess. I wouldn't come out of my room for weeks and I refused to talk to anyone. My adopted sister Nudge had to pry me out of bed and force me to eat. When Max left I felt like my whole world was crumbling down around me and there was nothing I could do to stop it. She was the only person I could open up and show my true feeling to. Ever since she left me there has been a giant whole in my heart that nothing seems to be able to fill. The pain I felt after she left has been the butt of many cruel jokes. My friends thought it would be "funny" to tell me Max was back when she really wasn't and I fell for it more than once. My hope seemed to get in the way of my better judgment and each time I was disappointed yet again. It was bad enough I lost my best friend once, but to lose her again and again was just unbearable. My heart broke more and more every time I lost her, and this time, Max wasn't there to help me pick up the pieces.
Eventually I just stopped falling for it and the just gave trying. They haven't played that joke on me in over a year, but today the decided to bring it up again. All day multiple people have come running up to me telling me Max was back and no matter how much I begged, they just wouldn't let it go, but I refused to fall for it again. My heart can't take losing her yet again. After flicking a few people off who just wouldn't let it go and cursing under my breath I stomped off to my locker and threw my books in it. "Why do they insist on doing this to me? Can't they see how much it hurts me?" I said to myself under my breath still flinging books in my lock. That's when I felt someone standing awkwardly next to my locker but I didn't bother to look up. Then I heard a sweet and familiar voice say "Easy the tiger what did those books ever do to you?" in a joking tone. I sucked in a breath and froze not daring to move. No, it couldn't be her, not after all these years. I am just getting my hopes up and setting myself up for another heart break. I have to clear this up once and for all, prove to myself it isn't her and she isn't coming back. I took a deep breath and slowly turned my head to the person next to me. I gasped and my eyes were about to bug out of my sockets. It really was her, "M-max?" I breathed out so soft she almost couldn't hear me, almost.