The Elementalist
by Kevin G. Bufton

He began his studies by mastering lead, bending bars with a simple gesture and draining car batteries with a nod of his head.

He moved onto gold, extracting great swathes of it from the sea, amassing a fortune that rivalled any man in the country.

Next came iron–he held entire armies in his thrall, tearing tanks apart like so many twists of tin foil.

Xenon was a bore. Carbon showed greater promise. Silicon gave him the thrill of becoming a living computer virus.

Eventually his studies brought him to hydrogen.

That was when things started to get really interesting…

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