The fire

Day 59

The exercise – Random First Line: The fire was getting closer

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The fire was getting closer to the house.

For three days volunteers had been working alongside the numerous fire brigades.  They had to dig clearings around the houses as the fire continued to spread.

Day and night the weather was hot.  There was a continuous warm breeze and vegetation was dry as it had not rained in several months.

Francis was one of the volunteers and had hardly been home since the fire started.  Their house was in open country, surrounded by vines and beyond were bushes and trees.

Christine could see the bushes on the hill facing the house were already scorched.  Ash and smoke were drifting above and she knew that flames would soon appear at the top of the hill.

They had sent the children to her parents but she had remained in the house as they had been sure the fire would not reach this far.

Christine realized she would have to leave soon.  She thought how hard they had worked to turn this place into their family home.  She mentally surveyed their possessions and wondered what she could take with her.

She went to the basement, picked up the photo albums and put them in the car.  She sat in a daze for awhile and then drove off.

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