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© Anuradha Prasad 2018

the flare gun blazed fire into a bowl of charcoal chips.

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© Anuradha Prasad 2018

a mortar was filled with gold jewelry and set in the middle of the earthen bowl that sat on a bed of husk. little sparks flew up, descending in black specks of ash.

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© Anuradha Prasad 2018

the mortar was swirled in a bowl of water, making it sizzle with angry smoke. a sprinkle of husk calmed it. out of the violence emerged a nugget with veins of gray over a pale gold.

© Anuradha Prasad 2018

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