In our lush valley, they say the fire in the loins of the inhabitants draws flame from the smoldering mountain that dominates our skyline. It casts its spell over the lives brewing in its shadow, where for millions of years it has ejaculated its own life force, clothing its slopes in rich black lava.
Copyright (c) 2001 by Lily Prior. Reprinted with permission from HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
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