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Amy and Ashley left Mary-Kate and I on our own. I took a deep breath and walked into the room.

"Hey again" I said quietly as I got a chair and sat next to the bed.

"Hey" Mary-Kate said, she pulled at a loose strand on her blanket.

I put out a hand to stop her "So how are you feeling?" I asked.

She shrugged "Great" She said sarcastically, with a frown.

I decided to change the subject, I glanced up at the ceiling "We're going to have to send a party up to the surface" I said quietly.

Mary-Kate glanced up quickly "Really?"

I was surprised by her reaction. "Yeah..." I continued, "The food supplies are getting low and the crops aren't doing too well. We need to send people up to the surface to see if it's habitable."

"Maybe we can finally get out of this cage." I heard her say.

I heard someone walk up and open the door. I turned to find Danny standing in the doorway.

He glared at me and walked into the room "We're not going up" He informed Mary-Kate

I sighed angrily "We went through this!" I said to him.

Mary-Kate glanced from one of us to the other, curiously.

I explained to Mary-Kate "I think we should go up and see if we can survive and...

"And I think it's too risky." He finished.

"I think it's worth risking." I protested. "Imagine if we actually can survive up there. We finally leave this subterranean prison and see the sun."

"IT'S DEFINITELY WORTH RISKING IT!" Mary-Kate yelled surprising us both. She blushed and lowered her voice "I would so love to see the sun again, I hate it here" She sulked.

I glanced at Danny who just glared at me.

"Don't worry Mary-Kate, if everything goes well, we'll be able to enjoy quiet days in the warm sunlight." I said.

Mary-Kate smiled dreamily at the thought.

Danny gave a small growl and left the room angrily.

I watched him go then turned back to Mary-Kate, she forced a small smile.


I was walking down a hall when I saw Sean walking in the other direction. I decided to turn and join him as he passed.

"What's up?" I asked.

"Funny you should ask." Sean laughed.

A puzzled look came over my face. "What?"

We stopped and faced eachother. "I'm planning to get a small group together and see if it is safe to go up top and start a settlement."

"That's great!" I almost shouted.

Sean motioned for me to be quiet. "I don't want to get everyone's hopes up."

I looked at him and he looked back at me. "You want to join the team don't you." He said. I only smiled at him and he said "I was hoping you would."

"Who else would go?" He asked.

"I haven't really thought about that" he admitted. "Danny's against it" he said with a sigh.

"Isn't he against everything?" I asked "Lately at least..."

He nodded "yeah" he was suddenly looking very tired.

"Look man, you better go get some rest, I'll talk to you later." I said.

"Alright, later." He said and he walked off.

I started heading for my room, not really paying attention to where I was going.


I sat in the small, dark, cubicle known as 'my room', and thought about the days events.

Mary-Kate was getting worse every day. Who knows how long she had. I know she felt the same way about this place as I did. The very least we could do for her was let her see earth again.

But going to the surface presented so many challenges and obstacles. We knew absolutely NOTHING about life up there.

Before the comet hit, back when they built this shelter, the professionals said the comet would hit the earth with such impact ...

that it would hit with the force of 1000 one-megaton hydrogen bombs. The scientists said it would probably be a deep impact in the ocean. I laughed at the irony that hollywood made a movie only years before it would actually happen. The only problem is the government didn't have a secret space program to save the planet.

They speculated that the tsunami that it would create would destroy all costal cities and do damage far into the mainland. Dust would be kicked up into the atmosphere and cause a mini ice age that would last around two years. It's been around four or five now, so I think we might have a chance.

But there's always the problem, of ignorant, argumentative 'Danny's'.

I sighed and continued to ponder my predicament


"I hope we go to the top" Mary-Kate said to me while I checked on her.

"What makes you think life up there is going to be any different from life down here?" I asked, trying to make conversation.

"Are you crazy? Up there we have sunshine, warm winds, fresh air, green grass..." She said with that dreamy look in her eyes. Her face saddened a bit. "It's a shame we took our freedom up top for granted."

"Although there is no guarantee that green grass and warm winds still exist up top..." I said, resulting in a glare from Mary-Kate. "... I believe that there is a new world for us to explore."

She smiled at me once again.


I gave up on trying to rest, I hopped up from the bed I'd been lieing on and headed to the door.

"Tom" I barked at a guy who was walking down the hall "Arrange a group meeting. We have a decision to make" I said

Tom looked a little surprised but nodded and ran to do it, I made my way to the main room.

Chapter 3

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