10. Chapter 9.
The weeks dragged on, and while they did, surprising things happened.
Uncle, devastated over the loss of Fed slowly stopped leading us. Frozen in a shell of shock he'd created for himself.
And I stepped up as leader. Something I hadn't done, in all I can remember.
We were now half way though the Outter Core, and the heat was starting to come. The heat from the core.
Our small group banded closer together than it had been this entire journey. Loss of Fed had really shown us how important life and each other were.
Breean and I were now close friends, we took turns leading the group and driving the Digger, which I could sense was a huge relief for her. Not having to drive twelve hours on her own.
Brace and I also became close, the closer we drew to the core, it seemed the closer we got. He no longer squealed like a girl, but revealed the dashing, kind, playful man underneath.
And I'm proud to say, I became a nerd. Ren took the time to teach me a bunch of useless facts I'll never remember and evershy Lorc taught me about his job and others like it. Which, may sound boring, but in a dark tunnel, talking is really all you have and it had its fair share of interesting too.
And finally, I got a group of friends, I will never forget.