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The Struggle Continues


Published by Gordon Sherwood Jr. at Smashwords

Copyright 2016 Gordon Sherwood Jr.



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Table of Contents


Title Page

Copyright Page

Table of Contents


Sirens

From Lost, To Found

Applications Outcast


About the Author



Sirens


The waitress lays down the plate in front of him. “Your order sir,” she says. “Enjoy.” She walks away into the empty kitchen. The man looks down at his tender roast. But without delay he stands up and walks out of the booth. He heads to the counter and slides two twenty-dollar bills toward the cashier.

“Sorry, I lost my appetite,” he says. Leaving the restaurant without any change, he walks out of the frying pan and into the freezer. The sun soon disappears. Streetlights flicker on and car lights reflect upon the falling snow. He digs into his pocket and pulls out a cigarette pack. With his cheap lighter he lights it.

For a few moments he enjoys the bliss of pure silence while polluting his lungs. Then the sound of worry came to his mind, a sound he knows all to well. Down the road red lights flickered in the distance headed toward his direction. As the sound and lights came closer, his heart raced faster. A lone fire engine moved cautiously down the icy road.


“Put your damn seat belt on Probie!” said the Captain. “If this truck goes down, you’ll be going down with it.” The firemen in the back are struggling to hook up the equipment. The Captain jumps out of the passenger seat to put his seat belt on. “Think with your head Taylor. If this truck flips over you’ll be as good as dead!”

“Yes sir!” Taylor said.

The driver pats the Captain on his shoulder, “Captain Passarella!” he said.

“What’s up Higgins?”

“If we go down Park Av. We can avoid traffic and hit the fire from position B.”

“Sounds good, I’ll let Company 3 know.” Captain Passarella picked up the radio and called in their situation. “Engine 146 to Company 3.”

Someone replied, “Go ahead Engine 146,” he said.


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