Friend is one of the most confusing and powerful words in the human language. Others would argue it was something else like: Love, Hate, Fear. Thousands of different words, but without the strongest is Friend. You can be Friendless, Friendly. You can have a Girlfriend, Boyfriend, Best Friend. All and all we are nothing without Friendship. Friendship is what bounds human beings together in camaraderie. Friends smile together. Friends cry together. Friends laugh together. Triumph together, and fail together. Friends stick through the good and the bad. Friends travel together threw thick and thin. They are your listening ear, your closest confident, your shoulder to cry on. Friends are everything. Some friendship drift into oblivion, and others crumble under the wait of their own stressed interactions- but were those ever really friendships? Some friendships, however, stand the tests of time. Some friendships outlast the greatest of tragedies. Those friendships last forever. --- Some would argue "The Ten" started their senior year, others would volley that it was earlier. Some even say it truly began back when the first two came together in kindergarden. "The Ten" would tell you it didn't matter where they started because it would never end. They believe in there friendship- believed they had bounds that could stand against the end of time itself. They had fought, and hurt, and cried; but never had they broken. Together they felt as if they could taken on anyone- anything. They were an unstoppable force, always there to catch each other. To spur each other on. Who needed the rest of the world when they had each other? Nothing could go wrong. Until, well, it did. High school ended. Some of them sent out applications to schools, some to jobs, others to internships. Some didn't do anything at all. They all realized they weren't on the same path anymore. ...Could they really stay together when they were so obviously straying apart? There was nothing they can do and, though none of them really wanted to say it out loud, it scared them. Faced with the unrelenting reality of it all they set out in one last ditch effort to hold everything together (or maybe, for some, it's more of a last goodbye to what they once had). A few weeks after Graduation they made there plans, said their goodbyes, and got their ride. "The Ten" (plus a slightly unwilling extra) planned to set out on a trip around America, all cramped into a tiny nine seater with few destinations actually planned, as a last huurah before punching the ticket on their 'life long' friendship. At the end of June their final(?), and greats, adventure will have begun. --- The days were long and uncomfortable warm all through out the june following their graduation. The day of their departure was no different. The air was humid, and caused sweat to stick to gather under waist bands and collars as the eleven individuals, ripe and at the cusp between childhood and adulthood, situated how their bags and themselves were going to travel. The thick of this individuals stood about the old Volkswagen bus, situating their belongings inside. Light arguments broke out here and there as their irritation was egged on by the persistent heat that lingered in the air. No of their words packed any real punch and the air around the group seemed to spark with unsung excitement. Any minute now they would be let lose on a world just as unready for them as they were for it. All they were waiting for now was the tall pink haired man, and small spunky brunette that stood a little ways away from the group. They spoke in animated, if not exasperated, tones to a tired looking man with hair dyed white to conceal it's graying nature. The man seem reluctant, and was rightfully so. It wasn't every day you let your niece and her friends take your vintage ride on a cross country trip with only your favorite employee to keep an eye out for them; but it was to late to say no now. The burnette turned and flashed the group a thumbs up as the white haired elder turned to bark instructions at the pink haired individual beside her. A sign they had almost run him down into finally letting go and letting them go on their way. Which, mind you, they had originally planned to do a half hour earlier. Not that the delayed really mattered. No amount of planning had really prepared the group for the adventure they were about to partake in.