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Copyright © 2010 by Doranna Durgin
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The Author Note:
Although this is a slightly updated version, "The Scoria" was originally published in Under The Cover of Darkness, a DAW anthology edited by ed. Julie Czerneda and Jana Paniccia. The theme goes something like this:
"In our modern-day world where rumors of conspiracies and covert organizations can spread with the speed of the Internet, it's often hard to separate truth from fiction. Down through the centuries there have been groups sworn to protect important artifacts and secrets, perhaps exercising their power and connections--possibly even mystical affiliations--to guide the world's future."