Long before they united to become Freak the Mighty, Max and Kevin met in day care. Max was known as Kicker then, because he liked to kick-box and kick faces and kick teachers. Max admired Kevin because of the crutches he used and, later, for the metal braces on his legs. Then, Kevin disappeared--"he just never came back to day care"--and Max didn't see him again till one day when he was in the third grade when he caught a glimpse of Kevin "scowling at me from one of those cripple vans." The two boys next met up during the summer before they both entered the eighth grade when Kevin and his mother, the Fair Gwen, moved into the same apartment complex as Max and his grandparents. They soon became best friends before teaming up--Kevin's brain and Max's brawn--to become Freak the Mighty.
As was mentioned in the previous post, Max recalls meeting Freak in the day care as a young child. Max also remembers Freak pretending to be a robot on the playground of the day care. Years pass before Max has another opportunity to meet up with Freak. In Chapter Two, Freak and his mother move into a home on the same street as Max. In Chapter Three, Max notices that Freak is struggling to retrieve something out of the tree in his back yard and is standing on an American Flyer wagon to extend his reach. Max ends up walking over to Freak's back yard and grabs the "ornithopter" out of the tree to give to Freak. The two characters reunite, and Max shows Freak his bedroom by pulling him along in his American Flyer wagon. Shortly after they reunite, the two characters become best friends.