The Copper Box by Linda Boltman
Approx. 14,800 words.
Published on September 15, 2011.
While excavating a new business site, heavy equipment operator Doug Stone scrapes a strange object with his earth moving bucket. Irrevocably drawn by a force he can’t explain, Doug opens the box to discover a black stone that blesses him with properties like no other. But once blessed with this new power, the recipient soon finds that it may not be a blessing at all.