The Fire Within Us

The Fire Within Us

Status: Finished

Genre: Romance

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Status: Finished

Genre: Romance

Summary

Leigh just moved to San Diego from Texas. She is a fire fighter paramedic just wanted to expand her career. But when she gets to her new duty station she runs into someone from her past and all of her past feelings and memories come back to her. Is this going to be a good thing or bad?

Summary

Leigh just moved to San Diego from Texas. She is a fire fighter paramedic just wanted to expand her career. But when she gets to her new duty station she runs into someone from her past and all of her past feelings and memories come back to her. Is this going to be a good thing or bad?

Chapter1 (v.1) - Intro

Author Chapter Note

Let me know what you think of this intro to a new story. I know i got some new stories out there but I'm trying to find a good one to get going with.

Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: June 12, 2017

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Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: June 12, 2017

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I woke this morning feeling refreshed feeling nervous, feeling anxious. It was first day at a new job. I had moved from Texas all the way to California for this job. You see I was a certified paramedic and fire fighter. I had worked hard for this career. This type of career was a dog eat dog world. It was honestly a man’s world, and I was a female. It was hard. But I made it. I graduated top in my graduating class. I got many job offers, I did want out of the state of Texas, and I applied with every major city that I could. And San Diego fire department. I had flown out there of a job interview with the city, they loved me. Then I had an interview through skype with one of the fire chiefs and at the end of the interview he offered me a job. I took it. I wanted to go somewhere else. I wanted to start somewhere fresh. Given I worked in Texas for a few years and my fire chief and bosses all gave me high recommendations and of course wished me the best of luck when I moved. It was sad to see it go, I met a lot of great people, worked with some fantastic ones, but it was time for a change.

And I left. I moved clear across the country for a job.

I don’t know why I was drawn to San Diego but I was. After the first time, I visited with the first interview, I fell in love. And I knew I wanted to be here. I had never been to California in my life. But I knew I wanted to be here. It felt right from the first time I was here, until when I drove through. In my little mustang, with my dog in the front seat. I rolled down the window and let that breeze come off the beach and hit me right in the face. I had found an apartment online, I didn’t even visit it, it was such a good deal and when I had called about it, the relator told me that it would go off the market really fast. Just because of the location and the price. It wouldn’t last. So, I went ahead and agreed, signed my lease over an email. I sent the deposit and first month’s rent through PayPal. And the relator mailed me the keys overnight Fed Ex to my apartment in Dallas. So, I was all set and ready to go. I had a cross country moving company pick up all my things, they picked them up a day before I had left, but they were supposed to be there around the same time that I arrived. And they were. The apartment was breath taking. I had an amazing view. I could literally walk 500 ft. and be at the beach. I was in love with it. And the first night I was there my dog Susie and I ran up and down the beach. She loved it too. She was a dog that I had found on the side of the road. I was coming home from work one morning, usually as a fire fighter paramedic you work 24 hour shifts, so you work 24 on 48 off. And with this job here I just got I will be doing the same thing. But I was driving home from work one day, I had just stopped a local coffee shop to get my morning cup of coffee and a glazed donut. I came out into the parking lot and there was this dog, she was medium size but skinny. You could see her ribs were showing a little. You could tell she was homeless. One of the employees that worked there was outside cleaning up tables and noticed the dog as well.

“Stupid dog” he mumbled

“Why is the dog stupid? She is just looking for food” I kind of snapped at him.

“That dog is here every morning, every morning she is looking for scraps up and down the parking lot”

“Well, maybe someone who has a self-centered attitude like yourself dropped her off in the streets”

He just rolled his eyes at me and went inside. I tried to walk over to the dog but she was skittish she tried to run from me. I got the donut out of the bag that I had just bought, it was something. It wasn’t much it was something to get her to come to me. And it worked she scarfed down the whole donut in about two seconds. I decided to say screw it, I picked her up and put her in my car. I immediately took her to the vet, the vet said she was in good health just a little malnourished. But I fixed that. Within a good month or so she was happy, healthy and loving life. And I was happy to have her in my life.

But she is now a lazy dog, who takes up more of the bed that I do. The vet didn’t really know what kind of dog she was. They guessed she was a terrier of some kind. She had grey wire hair, but was medium built. She was a good 30 lbs. But had long legs. She was a sweet girl and now she has a loving mommy who would stab a bitch if someone messed with her.

When I woke up this morning, you could tell she didn’t want me to get up. But I snuggled my face next to her, and told her mommy has got to go make some money or neither one of us is going to be eating. She just yawned, stretched and rolled over.

Silly dog.

I got up, got dressed. I had picked up my uniforms the other days. I had met some of my co-workers but not all of them. There was a couple that I didn’t. I was told that there was 5 other people on my shift. There are 6 including me. I met only 4 of them. The other two was another female, who her and I would be the only females, and another guy. They told me his name was Todd, and the girls name was Emily.

I was excited. I was nervous, but this is what I wanted. I wanted this. I had to make it happen. I was going to make it happen.

I got to work and everyone was there but me it seemed. My lieutenant told me to meet him in the front office and he would show me around. Introduce me to the previous shift, the others that I didn’t get to meet the other day, and show me around so we can start check offs. At the beginning of each shift you have check offs of everything in every ambulance, fire truck, fire engine. It was a good couple hour process if you didn’t get interrupted but it was protocol.  

I walked into the station carrying my overnight bag, since I did work 24 hours, I did get to know my neighbor. I ran into her down at the beach and she offered to let out Susie and watch her while I worked. Which was fine with me. I trusted her so far. But she screws up once, then I’m done I don’t give second chances. My old job let me bring my dog to work with me in the evening time so if they let me here I will run home and get her and let her stay here with me at nights.

“Hello Leigh” I looked up to my LT. standing in front of one of the ambulances. This fire station two ambulances and two fire engines. It was small. But they told me it was fairly busy because of the neighborhood.

“Hey Daniel”

“Welcome to station 14. Are you nervous yet?”

“A little. It is going to be hard seeing how everyone else works and works with patients. I know that everyone is different”

“That we are. I figured if we get a call today. I will let you take over and let the others see how you work. If that is something you want? or you can just watch and see how they work first? It doesn’t matter?”

“Let me see how they work first”

He nodded

“That works. Let me introduce you to Emily and Todd. They are already here. Mostly people get here around 6:30 just FYI”

“I will make note of that” I giggled

“Emily, this is Leigh, the new one I was telling you about”

Emily actually looked and was built a lot like me. She was tall like me, she was built a little, she had long brown hair.

“Hi Leigh! How are you? I heard you are from Texas? Wow that is a long random move” she giggled as we shook hands.

“Yeah it was pretty random, but I needed something new”

“This is a good start. You will love it here. And if any of the guys give you shit, let me know I will fucking kill them”

“Thank you but I can handle myself. I will let you join in though”

“Who is joining who?” I heard a voice

I turned around and looked it was another man that I had met. He seemed like a perv when I met him the other day, and now with that comment just confirmed it.

“She is hands off Brett!” Emily snapped at him

“What? I didn’t do anything. I just stated something that was obvious. If you two are having a thing for each other, then at least let people watch”

“Holy shit, shut the fuck up! And get back to back to checking off Medic 1”

“Yes Ma’am” he smarted off to her and started kissing the air at her with his lips.

“He is an idiot, but you grow to love him. you just got to handle his dirty sense of humor” she explained

“It is ok, this is not my first rodeo with men like him”

We all three laughed. Which I didn’t mind.

I had my back facing the other ambulance, while Emily and Daniel were facing me.

“There he is. There is Todd” Daniel said as I turned around.

My mouth just dropped.

I knew him. I know of him.

We have talked before. It was years ago, but he didn’t recognize me because he had no idea what I looked like. But I knew who he was.

You see when I was 17, I was just starting out my career, I was still in high school when I was going through EMT school as well. But anyway, I was really into online chatting and I met Todd. He sent me pictures of him but I never sent him pictures of me. We talked almost every day. But one day he found out that I was 18. He flipped out, even though we didn’t do anything (like phone sex or exchange pictures) but we did talk about it sometimes, and sometimes talk about a future. He did send me something for my 18th birthday, well he thought I was turning 21, but I was turning 18. But anyway, it wasn’t anything bad it was a couple of medic movies, one was mother, jugs, and speed, and other was back draft. He sent me some chocolates, and a t-shirt from his fire department. The one that I work at now. At the time he was 33, all the memories we had, the conversations, everything came flooding back to me.

But he had no clue who I was. Because I had never sent him a picture of me because I looked young and I didn’t want him to figure out my true age at the time. But he did know my name, and that I was from Texas.

“Hi I’m Todd.” He put his hand out.

“I’m Leigh. Nice to meet you”

But in my head, I said it is nice to meet you finally.

I completely forgot about Todd. He was good looking then and damn he is fucking good looking now.


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