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- Author: Abby Brooks
- Language: English
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Flames burst from a single window on the side of the house, lashing for the
stars amidst a tower of writhing smoke. A woman—pale legs, pale hair,
flimsy nightshirt—dashes toward the house. Toward the fire. Lights from my
firetruck and the ambulance parked on the road flash red and blue, chaos
dancing as palm trees bend in the wind.
Carson stops the truck, brakes hissing and squealing. I leap out, yanking
my helmet in place as I race for the woman, catching her around the waist a
heartbeat before she reaches the front door.
She shrieks. Gasps for air. Turns to me, the whites of her eyes vivid
against a soot-covered face. “My grandma’s still inside!”
She doesn’t recognize me.
Not in my gear.
Not through her fear.
But this frail, terrified creature is Ivy Cole. The woman I thought was the
love of my life. She’s been gone for years and—
“You can’t go in there,” I bellow, as smoke belches through the door and
Carson pulls up beside me, Probie trailing behind. “Let the EMTs check you
out. Take care of yourself and let us take care of your grandma.”
Tears well in Ivy’s eyes and she nods. A child coughs in the distance.
Ivy turns toward the sound, long blonde hair whipping around her
shoulders, and I enter the house with my crew.
A hitch of fear draws me up short. The last time we entered a burning
building, Tucker came out on a stretcher, broken, charred…
The nightmares still—
No time for that.
I scan the scene.
Acrid smoke hangs heavy and black in a small living room. I turn down a
hallway. Three doors. All open. Smoke and flickering light pours out of one.
I point Carson in that direction. He and Probie dash for the smoking door
with the hose while I pass the bathroom. No signs of flame.
No signs of
Grandma. I find her in the last room, on the ground, coughing, clutching her
chest. I sweep her into my arms and carry her outside while Carson and
Probie address the flames. Ivy’s little girl is in the ambulance, sucking
oxygen through a mask that engulfs her face, while Ivy strokes her golden
hair. She looks up as I arrive, blinking through tears. Through shock.
She’s every bit as beautiful as I remember.
I place her grandma on a stretcher, relinquishing her to Lucy—the EMT
who saved Tucker’s life—then rejoin Carson and Probie in the house.
“You got salvage and overhaul?” I ask Carson, after the flames have been
extinguished. “I want to check on the residents.”
Ivy. Fucking Ivy Cole and the daughter that should have been mine.
He huffs a laugh as he scans the charred remains of a little girl’s
bedroom. “I’ll make Probie do it. That’s what your probationary year is for,
right? Doing shit work while us senior officers collect the glory?”
Normally I’d be the last to leave the scene, but Ivy’s out there. It’s been
years since we’ve talked, but man…
I have to see her. I won’t relax until I know she’s okay.
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