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to hustle.
Tom arrived at the car-size
boulder, red-faced and soaking wet. He
broke off a thin ribbon of ice from the
boulder's rim and put it in his mouth.
He took off his gloves, reached into a
deep cavity on the side of the rock and
felt around, then pulled from the recess
a small rusted iron kettle, a crucible used
in smelting. He and his grandfather had
discovered it there several years ago while
on stand at the rock. It was a remnant from
another era, and his grandfather thought
it might have been forgotten there by a
collier who worked the charcoal flats.
Grandfather had explained that a crucible
also was a situation or trial where differDECEMBER 2019

ent elements interact, forming something
new, and that he could expect to face a
few in his life.
Two blue jays flitting through the tops
of a nearby oak uttered slide whistle falsettos. They were joined then by a third,
which began a loud staccato jeering. Tom
scanned the edge of the laurel upslope
and saw a shadowy form moving in the
still, shadowless woods, then caught the
sweep of yellow antlers. He cocked
the hammer and shouldered
the rifle waiting for a
clear shot. When
one of the jays saw
him raise his elbow
i t launched a raucous tirade.
Tom cringed when the others
joined in.
Distracted, he lost sight of
the deer momentarily in his
own exhaled breath and the blur
of steadily falling flakes. Then
he saw it take one more step
and stop, staring hard right at
him, ears cupped forward.
The sound of his missed
shot shattered the muffled silence but he
already had another round jacked into the
chamber when the buck leapt and he fired
again. It ran a few yards then fell, partly
wrapped around a trunk.
When he reached it, he could see that
it was no ordinary mountain buck. He
knelt there a long while and studied the
topography of its old gray face in the way
one might study the hills and hollows on a
map. Snow gathered on its muzzle and in
the fissures of its polished antlers, which
were the color of late autumn corn. Eight
long points. His first buck. His grandfather
would have been proud.
The blue jays screeched annoyances
as he dressed out the deer. Filling out his
tag he looked at his watch for the first time
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