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Fiction Friday: The Unknown

“Stop letting the unknown into our house.”

Kayla glanced up at Adrian as he strolled through the door. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she said even as she ran her hand over the kitten’s head again.

Her husband didn’t bother rolling his eyes. “Do I need to do a head count of the animals every time I come home from work?”

She laughed then walked over and put the kitten in his arms. “Come on. Tell me you could have looked in his eyes and told this sweet thing no.”

He stared hard at her then looked down at the cat. Then, he let out a long sigh. “No. No, I couldn’t.”


I found the prompt(Stop letting the unknown into our house) on Pinterest(as pretty much all my Fiction Friday prompts are). If you want to see more of Adrian and Kayla, they first appear in Flames of Redemption. I should be getting the second novel in the series out later this month(maybe July).

Just Jot It January: Day 25 – “Prediction”

“I’m going to make a prediction.”

“Do I really want to hear this?” Connor asked.

“Well, my last prediction proved wrong. We did not, in fact, have to bury Callum before he turned thirty-three.”

“Hey,” Callum said, looking hurt. “We’ve still got a few months left.” And he grinned. Because he certainly wasn’t going anywhere now. Except to walk down the aisle to marry the only woman he’d ever loved.

Their oldest brother, Rian, leaned into the group. “You’ve got to see, baby brother,” he said to Connor, “you’re the last of us left. It can only be about you.”

“We’re all married now, or will be within the next hour,” Rian added, nudging Callum. “The rest of us have procreated at least once.”

“You’re such a dork,” Adrian said with a snort. “Procreate? Who says shit like that?”

“Science teachers,” Kayla said as she stepped into the room and went to Adrian. He took their month-old daughter from her arms. “And scientists. You should hear the way Silas talks sometimes.”

“Well, your brother’s boyfriend is a dork, too,” Adrian said. Then, he nuzzled his daughter’s cheek. “Yes, Uncle Silas is a dork, isn’t he?” Her fingers closed around some of his hair and yanked, and he winced.

Kayla laughed and took Doreen back from him. “That’s what you get for badmouthing her favorite uncle.”

“Favorite?” Callum asked. “How can she have a favorite already? Especially when there are so many of us to choose from.”

Connor just stood back and watched as the banter continued. He was used to being here, watching everyone else. And usually he didn’t mind it. Why was this different then? He shrugged off the feeling and looked at the bright side. At least Adrian seemed to have forgotten whatever he was going to predict.


Today’s Just Jot It January prompt was “prediction” brought to us by Dar. That one turned out longer than I thought it would be considering I had no idea what I was going to write when I first started. If you followed my Just Jot It posts last year, you may remember Silas from them. I used a lot of those while writing Playing with Fire back in April(funny, since I’m planning to work on Connor’s story during April this year).

Just Jot It January: Day 9 – “Coffee”

“Coffee. Coffee coffee coffee.”

Connor looked up from his sketchbook as his sister-in-law walked, no stumbled was a better description, into the kitchen. He couldn’t quite stop his smile. “Do you want a cup of coffee by chance?”

“No, Connor,” she said, a near whimper in her voice. “I need coffee. And more like a vat than a cup.”

He laughed, and she turned a glare on him. “Glad you think it’s funny. Maybe you want to stay up rocking miss whinypants all night and see if you’re laughing.”

He held up a hand in surrender. Maybe this hadn’t been a good time to visit his brother. “Is that any way to talk about your sweet baby girl?”

She dropped into the chair across from him and laid her head on the table. “I’m just so tired, Connor. I think I’ve gotten five hours of sleep in the last few days.”

Concerned, he moved closer to her. “Is she sleeping now? Maybe you could get a nap.” He’d thought waiting a couple weeks would mean they’d have gotten into a routine, but what did he know about babies? He hadn’t even been two when his baby sister had been born. He had younger cousins but didn’t remember spending too much time around them as babies.

Kayla shook her head. “Adrian’s sitting with her. She quieted for her daddy nearly right away.”

Connor was glad she couldn’t see his smile this time. “Mom says that’s how Dory was too. Daddy’s girl from day one.” And her death had nearly destroyed their father, not to mention their family unit.

Kayla did lift her head then. “Is your family really okay with it? That we named her that? Your mom said-”

“Mom doesn’t lie,” he told her. “It was still too soon when Rian’s daughter and then Darcie’s girls were born. But it’s past time her name held more than pain. They all understand that.” He squeezed her hand. “Why don’t you get some rest? I’ll spell Adrian so he can join you. Being here alone is the only way I can get my hands on my niece anyway.”

She didn’t fight him on that. He closed his sketchbook and headed up the steps toward the baby’s room. This wasn’t what he’d planned when he’d decided to stop over. But, if he could give his brother and Kayla the break they needed right now, maybe it was what he needed, too.


Today’s Just Jot It January prompt was “coffee” by Barbara. I wasn’t exactly sure where this was going to go after the beginning. And I am so glad those days are behind us now(my youngest is 7 now). But, I do remember those sleepless nights and breaking down when my son was about 3 weeks old because I was just so tired.

Just Jot It January: Day 30 – “Blue”

“I think I like the blue one better.”

Kayla smiled at her brother’s girlfriend. “Adrian said you’d say that. We don’t even know what we’re having yet. What if it’s a girl?”

Corrin grinned at her. “Does it really matter? Whoever made the rule girls couldn’t like blue and boys can’t like pink? It’s bullshit. They’re colors.”

Kayla laughed. “I knew I liked you for a reason, Corrin. And I think you’re right. We’ll go with that light blue,” she told the guy behind the paint counter. “Jace told me he already had ideas for how to decorate the room. I think it’s going to be perfect.”


Today is Day 30 of Just Jot It January and the prompt was “blue”. This will likely come after the end of Playing with Fire.

Just Jot It January: Day 13 – “Hospital”

“What do you mean Jer’s in the hospital?” Silas demanded. He kept the phone pressed against his ear even though his whole body felt numb.

“I don’t know that there are too many meanings to that, Silas,” Kayla said, her voice somehow still calm. “He’s fine, though.”

He didn’t see how that could be. Jeremiah had been at work. If he was at the hospital, that probably meant there’d been a fire, and any number of things could have happened. “How bad?”

“I just said he’s fine, Silas.”

“He wouldn’t be there if he was fine. How bad is it?”

“I haven’t seen him yet. I stepped out to wait for our parents to get here and figured you deserved a call, too. But, Jaya insisted it wasn’t that bad.”

He’d met the paramedic before, but her word didn’t mean much when his mind was racing with all the possibilities. “I’ll stop and get Corrin, and we’ll be on our way.”

“You don’t have to rush here-”


“But,” she spoke right over him, “I’m sure he’d be glad to see you. Both of you.”

He almost thought he heard something else in her tone, but no, that couldn’t be. She couldn’t know. “We’ll be there as soon as we can.”


The prompt for day 13 of Just Jot It January was “hospital”. My characters seem to be well acquainted with that location. 😉 And Kayla may know more than Silas thinks.

Flames A-Z: Zachary Brooke

This is the final installment of  my Flames A-Z posts. I may do another one for one of my other series for the official A-Z challenge in April. We’ll see. I’ve stretched this out quite a bit, but it’s been fun.

Zachary Brooke is the younger son of Robert and Carol Brooke. James is his older brother. Zachary is just under a year younger than his brother, and they did pretty much everything together. Both went into the fire service, got married within a year of each other, and Zachary’s daughter was just about a year younger than James’ son.

Zachary was always the more impulsive, reckless of the two. He got into situations that James usually ended up having to drag him out of. Sometimes literally. He was light; blond hair, blue eyes with a very bright, outgoing personality. James was the darker one, almost black hair, green eyes, and a much more serious demeanor.

Zachary married Angela before he even turned twenty. Their daughter, Kayla, was born less than a year later. They were still celebrating that when Zachary carried his nephew out of a burning house. He stood with his brother as he had to bury his family. But, he didn’t know what to do when his brother wanted to hide away their memories as well, as if that would erase all the grief.

Zach and Angela wanted to add to their family, but it was ten years later before their son, Jeremiah, was born. Both of his children showed an interest in following him into the fire service. That worried him a bit, knowing the dangers it held. So, he asked both of them to put in at least two years at a regular college before they decided to join the fire department. He didn’t stop either of them from volunteering with the department once they were old enough, though. In fact, it made him proud they wanted to.

When Kayla joined the department, it quickly became apparent that she took after her father in more than just looks. And that really scared Zachary. But, he still supported her. He realized how rough things must have been on his brother as he tried to make sure she never took the recklessness too far. Then, due to some health concerns, he needed to retire from the fire department. He couldn’t keep that eye on her any longer. But, she was already starting to trail with his brother to become an investigator.

Retirement isn’t going easy for him. But, his daughter is married, his brother has finally found love again and is making a new family. And his son is finishing that second year of college and getting ready to join the fire department as well.

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