The Freshman by SilverScreech

Category:Maximum Ride
Genre:Angst, Drama
Published:2008-11-25 21:54:13
Updated:2008-11-26 18:15:48
Packaged:2021-05-07 01:50:35
Summary:Nothing can right every wrong. A young Ella, pre-TAE fic. Kingda Ka

Table of Contents

1. Princess Sister
2. I'll See You Later

1. Princess Sister

The Freshman

Description: Nothing can right every wrong. A young Ella, pre-TAE fic. (Kingda Ka)

Chapter One: Princess Sister

Mrs. McBride's class room smells old, like musty dust balls and pocket lint, a smell that has taken it years to prefect. A smell that just barely masks a truer odder, dispar. It smells like hopelessness and the horrors of school work. But then, Ella is but a young girl of six, starting her very first day of grade school. What does she know of work? Of the pain of sleepless nights and missed meals she'll surely suffer ten year from now. Maybe it's because it's her first day, it's also visit day. All the parents line up neatly in the back of the class room. Daddies and mommies. A pair for every student in the room. Except Ella, she's just got her Mama. But a only Mama and no Dada is better then no Mama at all.

Still, it hurts, to look at the other children with their pairs of parents and see she has only one.

Besides, Ella knows she has a Daddy just like all the rest. He just can't come right now. Cause he's sick. He's got luong canter. That's when things get inside of your body and make it hard to breath. Ella remembers from when her Mama told her last month, Daddy was very, very sick.

So it was alright then, that Daddy couldn't come. Someday, Daddy'd get better, like Ella had when she'd gotten the chick pops, then he could come to her visit days and her recital this spring. He'd take her to church on Sundays and hoist her up on his shoulders, carry her around like she was a princess. Like he had before. Ella just had to be patient.

Someday, Ella thinks, she'll become a real princess. And she'll go to some great castle to rule her land. And she'll bring Mama and Daddy and even little Dede, her hamster. And she'll get to wear a crown and a big fancy dress. And she'll sit up on her throne and all will bow before her, even Dede. And the best of all, she'll have a sister. A real sister! And they'll play pirates and mummies and maiden-get's-stolen-big-an-evil-ugly-ogre. And she won't even mind playing the ogre, she'll love Ella so much. That's what Ella thinks.

Ella is so caught up in her thoughts of royalty, she forgets to remember to pay attention., Before she knows it Mama is shaking her shoulder, telling her it's time to go.

Ella even smiles at Mrs. McBride, even if she does smell icky and has a smile that looks like it hurts her cheeks.

Ella keeps smiling as she climbs into the car and Mama leans over to help her with her seat belt.

"What you smiling about, honey?" Mama asks, a grin of her own echoing Ella's.

"Just thinking, Mama." Ella replies.

Mama tickles Ella's tummy. Ella giggles. "What about, sweetie?"

Ella turns to face her Mama, a big smile on her little face. "About my sister, Mama." She says pleasantly.

Mama looks like she's about to fall over, she isn't smiling anymore.

"Wh-what sister, Ella?" She asks, her voice is shaky.

Ella just smiles and begins to take off her shoes. "The one that I'm going to have when I turn into a princess." She told her matter-a-factly.

Mama heaved a huge sigh of relief and got into the car.

Mama didn't say a word the whole drive home.

2. I'll See You Later

Chapter Two: I'll See You Later

Five years later

It's the very first day of sixth grade and Ella feels like she's going to hurl. Her teacher had sat them out in alphabetical order. Why did her name have to start with 'M'? Now she was going to be stuck between annoying-as-hell Matthew Martin and still-picks-her-nose Anne Norman for an entire year! It wasn't fair! Mom walked her to school this morning, planting a big kiss on her cheek before Ella could stop her. It was SOOO embarrassing. She's have to have a talk with her mom later, after school. She just didn't do that sort of thing now. Not now that she was in sixth grade.

Finally recess came and Ella dashed outside, quick as a light. A hand grabs hers and Ella looks over to see a tall, red-headed girl dashing along besides her, always a bit faster then Ella can run. Macy Richer is Ella's best friend, like the sister Ella never had.

In fac, that's why they became friends in the first place, because Macy reminded Ella of what she thought her sister would look like. The two girls had been close since second grade.

A quick trip to their bags finds them strolling outside a little slower, juice boxes in hand. They've been joined by mutual friend Bobby Sanders who directs them toward one of the benches across from the basketball court.

"Congratulations, ladies," Bobby chimes, "We're officially the royalty of the school."

"Yeah, for exactly one year, then it's back to the bottom of the totem pole." Ella sighs. Pessimism is a trait she's acquired as of late, much to her mother's dismay.

"Ah, perk up Ely." Bobby chimes, smiling in a annoying way. From behind Ella's back Macey shakes her head at him.

"No today, Bobby." She says quietly. Macy is the only other one who knows, who knows that Ella's dad was hospitalized again yesterday. Ella pinches her eyes shut. She will not think about this. She's not going to think about this.

Bobby frowns in confusion when suddenly a women taps Ella on the shoulder. It's Mrs. Greene, the vice principal. She squats down in front of Ella. "Bobby, Macy, can me and Ella have a word please?"

Macy shot Ella a questioning glace. Ella nodded, curious, telling her to go. Macy grabbed Bobby's arm and dragged him to the other end of the yard.

"Ella..." Mrs. Greene seems at a lose for words, a situation that Ella finds unsettling. She tries to squash down the unmistakable fear that was beginning to grip her. "Mrs. Greene?" She asks timidly. "Mrs. Greene, what's wrong?" Ella voice is sharking now. Mrs. Greene put a arm on Ella's shoulder.

"Ella, sweetheart, your mom called. Your dad is dead."

Ella freezes, she stares into Mrs. Greene's face in confusion, as if uncomprehending. "Wh-what?" she finally whispers.

Mrs. Greene wraps her arm around Ella. "Your Dad, sweetie. He's dead.

Over the next hour Ella stumbles into the office to sit in a chair till her Grandma comes. She doesn't remember getting in the car, climbing up the stairs to fall into her parents bed, but that's where she finds herself when she finally begins to think coherently. She cries, she cries and cries and then her Mom gets home and holds her. She's crying to.



And the two cry themselves to sleep together in his bed.