Smoke over Grímsvötn
Divine Blood: Extra-Curricular
San Antonio, Texas, USA
© 2012 by Luke Green
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It was spring, but it was hard to tell that from the temperature—nine degrees Celsius and that was the high end of what could be expected here during May. Especially out over the glacier, where starting a fire for warmth wasn’t exactly the most advisable of activities. The centuries worth of ice covering the stone of Iceland pulled all the heat out of the air, making it hard for the sun to warm the surroundings, especially since it was already at a disadvantage given where on the globe the island sat.
Over time, pockets in the glacier had been opened up by various means, meaning there were places across the vast flat expanses that the ice was thin. A traveler or researcher could think they were treading upon solid ice when suddenly it would shatter under their feet and send them falling into a labyrinth of mirrored caves. People had been lost due to such accidents in the past.
The windswept loneliness was soon broken as four bursts of smoke appeared out of nowhere atop the ice. The smoke itself swiftly dissipated and was carried off by the wind leaving behind four people standing on the scene with jackets and bags mostly appropriate to an Icelandic expedition.