touched [24 hours writing competition]

It's the year 4078. Technology has overcome the human race, and the world is dying. The time has come for the one thing untouched by man, to be touched.

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2. Chapter 1.

        "Let's see . . . we're going to need lots of water and food. Oh, and flashlights. Lots of flashlights." Our mission director, Zeeba Caran, the crazy little old man calls. 

          I suppose I should be grateful. It's because of him I'm on this expedition. He's my uncle, see. I don't like him that much. He's a little to weird for me. But, what can I do? I'm stuck with him. You're always stuck with family. 

         My uncle is this crazy Techature. It means he's obsessed with technology and nature. And, I suppose, that's why he was picked to lead this impossible dream. 

         And as much as I don't like him, he likes me. Thinks he has to protect me, sense my parents are gone, blah, blah, blah. 

        "Where is she . . ." that's my cue. Wait for it . . ."MELENE!" Told ya. And so, with a sigh, I get up from my comfortable position on the cold rock and trek my way to my uncle, red curls of hair bouncing on my back as I skid downhill.

         "There she is." My vibrant green eyes meet my uncle's gray as I reach the bottom. 

          "You called?" I ask dully. 

          "There's, ah, someone here to see you." Oh no. No. No. No. 

           "Mel, darling." Strong arms embrace my tiny frame before I have time to run for it. I recognize the voice immediately. Brace Prince. The annoying, blonde haired jock who thinks he's perfect. And, who's liked me sense we were teenagers.

           "Brace." I reply through gritted teeth. 

           "How are you? There's no need to ask me back, I'm absolutely perfect. I always am." I can feel his wink. Yuck. 

           Squirming, I get out of his strong grasp. 

           "I'm fine." I snarl, flexing my wrists. 

           "I have a surprise for yoouuuuu." Ugh. No more surprises. 

           "And what would that be?" I cross my arms.  

           "I'm coming on the expedition with you! You're uncle thought it would be a good idea." He squeals. 

           "He what?!" I can feel the steam coming out of my ears. 

           "Thought it would be a good idea!" Brace replies, completely oblivious to my anger

            "UNCLEEEE!" I roar. That little brat. He knew I hated Brace. He would pay dearly. I finally spot him cowering a few people away. I storm over to him.

            "Uncle, dear, did you invite that man," I point in Brace's direction, "on to the expedition you forced me to go on?" I ask coolly.

            "Maybe." He replies quietly. 

             I explode. "How could you? You know I hate him!" I accuse. 

            "Melene, I thought you could use a friend. And Brace here, volunteered immediately." 

             "Could this expedition get any worse? Underground for a month, no showers or any means of bathing, hiking everyday, and, now, an idiot of a man to accompany me. And all of these were surprises. Any more surprises? Because I'm starting to get sick of them." I snap.

              He bites his lip. "Well, once the team gets back with our supplies we'll be ready to go." I grunt. Of course. Of course we leave tomorrow. This just keeps getting worse and worse. 

             "Anything else?" 

             He shakes his head. 

             "Good." Then I march off, to who knows where, getting as rid of family as I can, for the time being. 

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