Mastering Fire & Emotional Equilibrium

Two cupped hands hold a handle in the dark.
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Mastering Fire

The professor held a candle before the class. With a sharp efficiency she lit it, and everyone watched the diminutive flame bend and flicker at the mercy of the room’s currents. Then the professor uttered a few words, lay the candle down on the floor, and raised her arms slowly. In a few blinks the classroom was…