ON THE PATH
Copyright 2012 by Kelly A. Harmon
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ON THE PATH
Kelly A. Harmon
The soul-powered plow halted mid-furrow and hastened to a shuddering stop as the reincarnation engine seized up.
"Not again," said Tân, swinging his legs to the side of the wooden tank and jumping down out of the seat. As he stepped forward to check the soul-seal, the cap fired off with a hollow thud, like a cork from a jug.
Thick white steam, more creamy than translucent, escaped the ruptured tank with a shrill whistle, erupting geyser-straight into the air until a strong gust of north wind blew it toward Zhourong. Tân could almost hear the screams of the souls in the din.
"Ma-de!" he yelled, pulling off his gloves and slapping them on the tank. "Curse you to hell if you touch my wife or children!" he shouted to the escaping vapor. "Leave them alone or I'll kill you the moment you're reborn."