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Writing Sample - FIRE BUG

Posted by heidinorrod on June 22, 2013 at 8:10 PM

The opening paragraphs of my Young Adult supernatural suspense romance, entitled FIRE BUG.

Hope you enjoy and thanks for reading!




By: Heidi R. Norrod

Chapter 1: Picture of Fire

Fire licks the dark underbelly of the purpling sky of the late October twilight. The searing red and orange tongues fully engulf Rochester family’s shed as they dance closer to the right side of the old Victorian house. Sirens wail as more fire engines screech into the gravel driveway to assist the first responding truck. Xenia Crowe coughs as she adjusts the lens of her Nikon. Hopefully she can get decent pictures of this three alarm fire and get them edited by Friday just time for the feature story slot in the Pugh-Hardeman High School’s newspaper.

The acrid air thickens as the newly arrived trucks start spraying the ravenous fire. A fireman charges toward the shed, axe in hand and just as he shatters the window, Xenia snaps a shot. Flames leap up at the new rush of oxygen, but a trio of firemen piggybacking the axe man hoses it into submission. Xenia shoots a series of shots as the firefighters quell the fire with sheets of white water.

Another team of fighters attack the fire from the shed’s far side, but the only thing Xenia can see through her camera lens is the twelve-foot white fan of water. So instead she turns toward the third team as they spray down the side of the Victorian to prevent the flames from jumping to its old, clapboard siding.

Xenia snaps a few pictures and turns back to the first team.

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