‘Quartz’ #AtoZChallenge

Mines get hot as hell once you get down the bottom of the drift, but not near as suffocatin as further in where the vein’s runnin. It’s hard work, but good work if you can get it. They say a miner, he either got the nose for it or he don’t. And the one’s that do, well, they got themselves a job for life. Me, I got the nose. The crew I’m on, they follow where I say to go. I tell the crew boss I think the vein’s runnin over there in that direction, then that’s the direction we dig. Don’t fool yourself, there’s skill involved, plenty of it. Ain’t easy swingin a pick axe all day long. Quartz reef minin ain’t for everyone. Most men go bat-shit-crazy just thinkin ‘bout bein this far underground. Not me though, me and the crew I’m on, we climb in that bucket every day, head down here, do our job, and collect our pay; no bitchin, no fightin – no problems for the crew boss means no firin. You gotta trust these men to have your back, without that trust; too many of us never see the surface again. I ain’t planning to be one of ‘em. You think the corporation give a shit, they don’t. A man dies down here, the suits give his wife just barely enough to feed herself and her babies for a month, maybe less – it’s disgustin. But everybody wants to keep their job, so we don’t say nothin. The crew bosses, they’re alright though, they take up a small collection, then they make up the difference from their own pockets. They go ‘round every week or so, make sure everybody is healthy and eatin. It’s like a family, nobody talks ‘bout it, we just do it. I just hope it don’t pinch-out ‘for I do.

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About Nina D'Arcangela

Nina D’Arcangela is a quirky horror writer who likes to spin soul rending snippets of despair. She reads anything from splatter matter to dark matter. She's an UrbEx adventurer who suffers from unquenchable wanderlust. She loves to photograph abandoned places, bits of decay and old grave yards. Nina is a co-owner of Sirens Call Publications, a co-founder of the horror writer's group 'Pen of the Damned', founder and administrator of the Ladies of Horror Picture-prompt Monthly Writing Challenge, and if that isn't enough, put a check mark in the box next to owner and resident nut-job of Dark Angel Photography. View all posts by Nina D'Arcangela

8 responses to “‘Quartz’ #AtoZChallenge

  • slpmartin

    You capture the voice of the narrator so very well…another fine piece IMHO.


    • Nina D'Arcangela

      Thank you! I love this piece, I love the voice – stepping outside of ‘me’ is part of the fun of writing these smaller pieces. I’m so happy that you liked it!! (I think I have to adopt you, you’re so kind to me!) 😀


  • susan

    hey so you are around lurking — I agree – the voice is terrific – we took a tour of a mine once – no place I’d want to be


    • Nina D'Arcangela

      I went no where during April… trust me! lol I’m glad to know you enjoyed this one, Sue. I love mines, caves, crevasse, pretty much any place ‘most’ people don’t go. Thank you on the voice, I wanted it to sound ‘everyday Joe’ – I hope I succeeded. I think I did. :]


  • mariacatalinaegan

    Loved it! Have you see the YouTube Video of the Crystal Caves in (I think)Mexico? #AtoZchallenge ☮Peace ☮ ღ ONE ℒℴνℯ ღ ☼ Light ☼ visiting from http://4covert2overt.blogspot.com/


  • Joseph Pinto

    Hi Nina! I’m trying to catch up on my reading, so apologies that I’m getting to this late…but oh my! What a treat for me! I loved ‘QUARTZ!!’ The voice you employ here is superb! It seemed to read as a much larger piece of prose than what it really is; I think it’s because I got swept away by your narration (and that’s a good thing!). Every single post you have crafted thus far for the A-Z Challenge has kept me guessing; this is no different. Great job, NIna!! 🙂


    • Nina D'Arcangela

      Thank you very much, Joe! I enjoyed writing this one. Having some knowledge of mining towns and communities, I was very engrossed in this particular write. I guess that came through in the piece. Thank you again for the kudos!! 🙂


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