XYZT, 169–183

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Mount St. Helens: Leiurus-Gigantopithecus

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    The burnt-orange and propane-blue flames were steadily melting the snow around her so that slush dripped onto her semi-translucent abdomen, getting caught in the grooves between segments of the chitinous exoskeleton and drizzling off in fine streams. She gazed fixedly into the fire built on the slanted hill and tried to guess how long it would be before it went out…