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The surface of the slag heap is glassy and adamant, matter from the bowels of the earth. After the trucks leave, it becomes quiet.

A gush of wind dumps a tiny dandelion parachute, and the grain rolls into a crack in the surface. It settles to wait; the rain will bring a drop of water to fill the little crevice, the wind will bring dust and soil to feed it, the sun will spend its warmth. Enough to sprout and grow.

Its flower will feed the bees, and its roots will be strong enough to burst the stone.


Written for the 99-words-challenge on the Carrot Ranch.

March 2, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) include slag in a story. Slag is a glass-like by-product of smelting or refining ore. Slag is also used in making glass or can result from melting glass. It can be industrious or artistic. Go where the prompt leads.

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