Against all odds, one miner survived the explosion in the deep dig. When the rescue effort finally brought him back into daylight, you could see that he had been through a terrible time. He was filthy and shaking from his ordeal, but there was something else as well. I asked about the other miners and he would only repeat what sounded like, “taken”. He was gibbering and kept looking back at the black hole from which he had escaped. It was then I felt the blast of heat, and saw the flaming sword...we had delved a bit too deep.