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Flames A-Z: Hunter Family

So, I skipped my ‘G’ post. I could have written about Giovanni Magaldi, Caitie’s younger brother. He has showed up a few times throughout the stories. But, I still don’t know a whole lot about him. He kind of keeps to himself. There are a few things that have come to light, but we’re keeping them quiet for right now. So, I just decided not to write the post.

H is another one I don’t have too many characters to choose from. But, there is the Hunter family. We first met Nolan Hunter in Flames of Redemption. Don’t see a whole lot of him there, and he makes a brief appearance in Flames of Renewal. There’s also a scene at the beginning of that(if it makes the final cut) with Nolan’s dad, Carrick, and his two older brothers, Tate & Kelan, as well as their younger sister, Jessica. Nolan got a lot more page time in Flames of Retribution, since he is Mark’s best friend. And then his own story a couple later in Flames of Restoration.

Carrick and Ariana Hunter are the head of the family. They’ve been married for over forty years. He followed his own father into the construction business, taking the company over when his father retired. Ariana taught art class at the local elementary school. They had three boys within five years: Tate, Kelan, and Nolan. They thought they were done adding to their family after that. Until shortly after Nolan’s ninth birthday when Ariana found out she was pregnant with twins. Jessica and Jacen joined the family about two months before Nolan turned ten.

As the oldest, Tate sees himself as a bit of a protector. Which is hard for him to do much of when Nolan joins the Marines. Tate married his high school sweetheart, Rebekah, just after graduation. They’d always had a tumultuous relationship, though, and marriage didn’t change any of that. They were constantly fighting and then making up. Then, a couple years into the marriage, Rebekah tells him she’s pregnant. He’s scared but also excited, and when she loses the baby, devastated. They deal with the grief differently, and he feels like she acts as if nothing has happened. She feels like he’s not there for her and cheats on him. They try to work things out until she cheats again, and he has enough. They aren’t completely over after that, because she keeps coming back and stringing him along.

Kelan never really felt like he fit into the family. He didn’t have any interest in the construction business, unlike Tate, he didn’t want to volunteer with the fire department like the rest of the family, and even though he liked to draw, he was always designing houses instead of anything else. But, he took a hit to his confidence shortly before he would have gone to college and set aside his dreams of being an architect for teaching. He’s always kept to himself and isn’t much for dating, but is really close with his family.

Nolan joined the Marine Corps after spending two years as a psychology major. He spent four years in and saw a couple tours of duty. Came back with a wounded shoulder, but even before that was becoming disenchanted with the war. So, he didn’t re-enlist, joining the local paid fire department instead. And when his best friend, Mark, got out a couple years later, he convinced him to move up and join too.

Jessica has always felt like she had something to prove to her older brothers, that she was as tough, smart, brave as they were. She joined the Explorer post of the fire department as soon as she could. Became a full member at the earliest possible moment, too. And went to work with her father and brother almost as soon as she could lift a hammer. She has never backed down from anything or anyone, refusing to give in to the idea she should be or do less because she’s a woman. That’s part of what attracted Austin , a firefighter who works with Nolan, to her, though they have a rather on/off relationship.

Jace is an artist, first and foremost. He’s also a volunteer firefighter. He’s proud of both and never felt like he needed to prove anything, although he never quite felt like he fit into place in his family either. Other than his sister, he’s closest with Nolan. He’s a very easy-going person, but his family is the one thing that can get him to rise to a fight.

The Hunters are a very close-knit family who will always stand up for each other even when they don’t agree. They have their issues, but never let that come before their love for each other.

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A to Z: N is for Nolan Hunter

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Nolan Hunter is another character who was supposed to basically be a throwaway. I simply needed another firefighter in the scene. Then, as I was plotting Flames of Retribution(book 3), I realized he was a very close friend of Mark’s. And I realized why. It was about halfway through writing that one, I also realized Nolan has a secret he’s been keeping(even from that closest friend) and that he’d be getting his own story. I actually thought his story would come right after Mark’s, but I was surprised again. There was one other between them, but I’m working on Nolan’s right now.

Name: Nolan Hunter

Age: 34/35

Parents: Carrick & Ariana Hunter

Siblings: Older brothers – Tate & Kelan, Younger brother – Jace, Younger sister – Jessica

Occupation: firefighter

Background: Nolan grew up in Crystal Glen right in the middle of a large family. The son of a construction worker and art teacher, he always felt slightly apart from his close-knit family. Always a bit quiet and introspective, he still wasn’t the creative type. He spent two years in college pursuing a degree in psychology before leaving to join the Marine Corps. He served for four years, but after being wounded and realizing it wasn’t the life for him, didn’t reenlist. Instead, he went home and joined the fire department as he still wanted to help people. But, he worried the same people who had welcomed him home as a hero would shun him if they ever learned the secret he kept.

And a snippet from Nolan’s story(him & Mark are talking about Mark’s sister at the beginning. And yes, I need to clear up who’s saying what better. This is rough).

“What’s she have to say anyway? I know the kids start to school next week.”
“Evan’s being a fuckhead about something. She didn’t say what exactly, except he apparently wants them back. Asshole,” he muttered.
“He didn’t care about them when he had them. Why would he want them back now?”
“I don’t know, brother. She says she won’t go back. I just hope she sticks to it.”
“You know, I used to think she was happy just being the trophy wife. If I’d known how miserable she actually was-”
“She didn’t want you to know, Mark. I knew. I could hear it when I talked to her. But, she denied it even to me. She’d just say she was tired or the kids were wearing her out. I knew that wasn’t it, but I let it go.” He clenched his fist now. “I wish I’d done more before she was completely miserable.”
“It wasn’t for you to do anything. It’s still not.”
His head whipped back up, but Mark held his hands out in front of him. “No need to jump at me, brother. I’m not saying I’d stand in the way if she wants a relationship with you. I’m just saying she has to be the one to make herself not miserable. Isn’t that pretty much what you told me earlier this year.”
Nolan knew his friend was right. And it’s what he’d been telling Mark for longer than six months. More like six years. “I was going to check on them when our shift is over.”
He caught the smirk on Mark’s face but ignored it. “Should I keep my tux handy?” he asked.
Nolan barked out a laugh. “Like you own one. I figured you’d wear Class As like you did to Kayla’s wedding.” Then, he froze at what he’d just insinuated. “Shit. I didn’t mean that. I don’t have any plans to marry your sister.”
“And why not?” Mark asked. “There’s nothing wrong with her. Are you ashamed of your feelings for her, too?”
Damn, why did it feel like everyone was ganging up on him on this topic? “I’m not ashamed of any of my feelings. I’ve told you that before. But, she’s just getting out of one marriage. Why would I rush her into another?”
“I noticed you haven’t done much rushing,” Mark admitted. “That kind of surprised me.”
“I figured she’d need some space. Time to figure out what she wants. I’ll be there for her when she does decide what that is, though.”
“And if she decides it’s not you?” Mark asked, serious again.
He shrugged one shoulder. “I’ll be fine.”
Nolan knew by the look Mark sent him that he didn’t really believe it. Nolan wasn’t so sure he did either. But, he needed to make himself. He knew she’d been pushed into the relationship with her ex-husband by her father. This time a relationship had to be her decision, not anyone else’s.

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