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Story a Day: Day 21 – “News”

Today’s Story a Day prompt was to write a story as a news report. I kind of broke from that at the end. This takes place during the short story I’m writing this month to post on patreon. I’m not sure if this part will make it into that or not. We’ll see.


“I’m here at 664 Hillthorpe Street. Earlier tonight three fire companies were called out for a fully involved residential structure. The firefighters are still extinguishing the flames, but five juveniles were taken to the hospital with burns and smoke inhalation.”
“Were there any other victims?”
“No, Tom. I spoke to Chief Sollmann. It looks like the fire started with some faulty wiring downstairs. One of the juveniles said he was in charge of his siblings tonight while the parents were out for dinner. They are being contacted now.”
“What’s the status of the children?”
“Four are listed in stable condition. One…one was announced as dead on arrival.”
The head anchor came back fully on the screen. “We’ll have more information as it comes to us.”
The news switched to another story, but Rian could only keep staring at the screen. “I have to go, Tammy.”
“What is it? I thought your curfew wasn’t until midnight.”
“That was my house,” he said, waving at the television that was now showing the weather forecast. “I have to go. They said…they…”
Her arms went around him. “It’s okay. I’ll drive. They’ll all be at the hospital. Let’s go.”

Story a Day: Day 16 – “Wake Up”

Today’s Story a Day prompt was to write a story using only dialogue. This happens during the short story I’m writing to put up on my Patreon page this month. It’s back story for my Flames series. There are several different people in this, so it may be a little confusing(when I add dialogue tags and such later, it will be clearer), but I did try to make it clear who was talking.


“Wake up!”
“Go away, Adrian.”
“No, Callum. You have to get up.”
“It’s not even morning yet. Let me go back to sleep.”
“No, you have to get up. There’s a fire. We all have to get out.”
“You get out. I’m going back to sleep.”
“Damn it, Cal. Get up.”
“Ow. Why’d you pull me out of bed? I’m…Oh shit.”
“That’s smoke. I told you we need to get out. Go get Darcie. I’ll get Connor.”
“What’s going on?”
“We’re going to be fine, Connor. Don’t worry. We’re getting out.”
“House is on fire. We’re getting out. Shit, shit, shit. Are you okay?”
“It hurts.”
“I know. We’re almost out.”
“Stay here. I have to find Dory.”
“You can’t go back in there, young man.”
“Just take care of my brother. My youngest sister is still in there.”
“The firefighters will get her. You have to stay here.”
“Here they come, Adrian. They got her.”
“Darcie, she’s not moving. She’s not…Is she okay?”
“We didn’t get there in time. I’m sorry for your loss.”
“I’m sorry, Mom. I tried. I couldn’t get to her.”
“This isn’t your fault, Adrian. It isn’t anyone’s fault.”
“But, I was in charge while you and Dad were gone. I shouldn’t have let it happen.”
“You didn’t. It just happened anyway. And you got the rest out. We’re going home now.”
“How? It’s gone.”
“Your grandparents’. We’re staying there for now. Your dad already took the others to settle them down.”
“How are we going to go on? Dory was the best of us.”
“Together. That’s the only way we can do it.”

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