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Ashley soon came up, followed by Damien, then Amy, then last and least, Danny.

We stood at the top of a large hill. We looked around and saw green grass, and a large forest spanning in every direction. The wind whipped through the leaves and gave off that shhh noise that was so relaxing.

"I forgot how beautiful it was out here." Mary-Kate said as she held me tighter.

Danny glanced over at us with a glare "We should get moving" he said.

Ashley got out some equipment from the bag she'd brought with her "I should so some tests on the air and everything" She said "To know we're not breathing poison"

"How could we be?" Mary-Kate asked "Look at this place"

"Looks can be deceiving Mary-Kate" He sister reminded her.

Was she ever right!

We had set up a small camp with shelter for sleeping, a fire site and unpacked some of our supplies. It was a hard day, but it was worth it to be outdoors once again.

"Mary-Kate, come here I want to show you soemthing." I said with a grin.

She came over to me with a curious look on her face.

"Look up." I said. She looked up and we both gazed to a beautiful blanket of large diamonds covering the whole sky, it was composed of rocks like the rings around saturn. They glowed differetn shades of blue.

"Are they stars?" She asked.

I shook my head. "A meteorite hit the moon, causing it mostly to shatter into smaller peices. I pointed to what was left of the moon, a cracked quarter of it's original size. We both looked at eachother and smiled.

"Come on!" Danny growled as he stood beside a tree. "Ashley's got the test results."

We met up with everyone. Ashley told us that there wasn't anything bad that she could detect, but there was still one element that she found in the air that she couldn't identify. She had to run some further tests to find out what it was.


I had to admit I was really baffled about these tests results. I know my knowledge of all this stuff is minimal, I'd only been doing some courses on the side when I was younger. Then my Father was a Doctor. But it's not like I'm some trained professional. I'm teaching myself here..

Whatever is in the air I don't know what it is, and it's pretty stubborn about giving me any information!


"Oof" Amy's leg hit me in the stomach. Does that girl move enough? She's supposed to be asleep.

I sighed and rolled over till I was facing Ashley, at least she was a peaceful sleeper. With the small confines of this tent I didn't want to have to put up with pain from both side.

Except for the frequent snores from the guys tent it was totally silent. Lucky them actually get to get some sleep.


Danny let out an especially loud snore and I groaned inwardly. The guy sounded like a freight train. Or at least, how I remembered them to sound.

I wonder if we'll ever be able to rebuild the world to such a level of advanced technology as it had been before the meteor.

My thoughts drifted to the books we had in the library, I doubt there's one I haven't gone over time and time again. And all that reading paid off. I'm the most advanced in technological areas of anyone in the group. There's hardly anything I can't repair. But can I build something? Can I do it from scratch?


Morning finally came and Ashley and I walked out, looking a little tired. The air was fresh and cool. We could see the morning mist hovering in the tall grass for the first time in years.

I walked over to Ashley. “Get a good night’s rest?”

She just grumbled something.

“Yea, me too.” I said, knowing she didn’t fare too well.

I looked around to find Sean, but saw he was standing with Mary-Kate, admiring the view. Danny didn’t look to happy though.

“Hey,” Amy said with a mischievous grin on her face.

“Uh oh.” Was all I said and took a step back.

“Now, is that a proper way to greet a friend?” Amy pouted.

Great, now I feel guilty. “Hi, Amy.” I said.

“That’s better.” She said with a smile. “By the way…”

Here it comes.

“TAG!” She said as she touched my arm and ran.

“Get back here!” I ran after her.

As I ran by Sean, I yelled “Come on you two, join in!”

We ran around madly being able to, for the first time in many years, be able to act like the children we were. But thanks to party pooper extroadinare it didn't last for long.

"STOP THAT!" Danny called as Sean helped Mary-Kate up, she'd tripped while running from me. (Danny was practically red with jealousy)

We ignored him for a bit longer.

"STOP THAT! What do you think we are? Children?" He called.

"Um, yeah" I said stopping.

He glared at me "We... have... work to do" He said before turning and storming back to the camp.

Chapter 6

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