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Fang. I had to do some thinking about him.

Me. I had to do some thinking about me too.

When we got to Washington DC, it would be either incredibly great or a totally heartbreaking disaster. Iggy thought that meeting their parents would be our ticket to safety and freedom and happiness. I wasn’t that naive.

Knowledge is a terrible burden, Max, said my Voice. I sighed. Still with us.

It’s a two-edged sword, the Voice went on. It might help you, but it might put you in danger greater than anything you’ve faced so far.

Gotcha. But I had to do it anyway.

Max-you have a bigger mission than finding the flock’s parents. Focus on helping the whole world, not just your friends.

I held my wings steady, coasting for a long, long way on a warm updraft. It was like floating on a cloud, the best feeling you can imagine. I wish you could try it with me. Maybe next time.

You know, Voice, I thought finally, my friends are my world.

Remember what I said at the very beginning?

Now, I am giving you a choice:

You can put the book down now- but you’ll just have some of the story’

Look other places for more of it.

Dig even deeper, and you could become part

of it.

The web of answers is out there.

If you can find the portal.

Be careful. And don’t say I did warn you.

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