By Joanne Harris
Joanne Harris' strong imaginative and prescient of a close to destiny the place 'outside' is something of the past.
This tale is taken from the gathering, Beacons: tales For Our now not So far-off destiny, which demanding situations celebrated writers to think about the weather predicament. All writer royalties may be donated to the cease weather Chaos Coalition.
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