Standing Room Only

A World of Short Stories


I always knew the fireplace would be a problem.  Jake obsessed with fire and he hated to clean.  Or at least said he always ‘forgot’ to clean.  I was left with making sure the chimney was clean and nothing easily ignitable was within a few feet of the fire. 

The night I came home with the firetrucks filling my front yard, I already had a good idea of what had happened and I wasn’t surprised.  Jake’s past had finally caught up with him, but at least the police would never know about the accelerant I had left in the chimney. 

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6 responses to “Acceleration”

  1. Kind of a hard way to end a fine. Well told.


  2. Wow. I felt sorry for her right up until the end! And she may be surprised. when the fire inspectors take a look up the chimney. It’s amazing what they can learn these days.


  3. Dear DIY,

    At some point the crime will catch up. Nicely done.




  4. Whoops. She can always try to blame the accelerant on Jake and his obsession when it is found out.


  5. Ain Starlingsson, forestbathing hermit Avatar
    Ain Starlingsson, forestbathing hermit

    Oh dear….that sounds too professional!


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