Set against the backdrop of an erupting volcano in New Zealand’s North Island, Lana wrestles with her recent grief, for survival on the mountain and her future with a man whose past she was once a part of. Woven through her narrative is Alfred’s story and the theft of war medals, and which Lana finds herself enmeshed in, further threatening her life. Follow Lana as she tries to extricate herself from not only the mountain but her past.
Welcome to the sixth snippet of Fire in the Mountain
As he squatted a deep-seated rumble permeated the whole mountain, reverberating beneath his feet and right through his body. A shrill scream caused him to look behind him just as a massive ejection of steam, ash and rocky blocks spewed above the mountain. Arcs of white steam trailed the projectiles above the summit as hot air condensed into the cold. Volcanic debris landed hundreds of metres from the centre of the eruption vent and rained down once again onto the lower slopes.
He was reasonably protected. He’d been scaling the ridge which trended north east. Therefore, at this moment with the explosion so momentous the debris flew more or less over him. He expected to catch the wind once he’d reached the top so paused to cover up before he got there. Now he was too late to traverse it, to get closer to the vent. He gazed back down the mountain to the source of the scream.