Welcome To The Family – Flash Fiction

Welcome To The Family?


Image courtesy of J Hardy Carroll

We were all fast asleep when his pager went off, they had told us when he qualified it would start off quietly, they lied!

Andrew dived out of bed to get changed and to the station, As I tried to settle my racing heart, Melanie then appeared asking what was going on, closely followed by her brother.

“Out of the way” Andrew shouted racing down the stairs and out the door, leaving the chaos behind, I guess I had better let the dog out for a wee and settle everyone back down again.

“Welcome to the family?”


This was written for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioners. Rochelle posts a picture prompt every Wednesday with the challenge to write something in 100 words, no more no less.

This weeks picture is very apt as my husband qualified as a Retainer Fire fighter about a week ago and we are awaiting his first call out. No doubt it will be like the story above.


Proud wife!


9 thoughts on “Welcome To The Family – Flash Fiction

  1. You paint a lively picture of the family woken abruptly by the neophyte fire fighter. I particularly liked the description “As I tried to settle my racing heart,” That is just exactly how it is when you’re woken unexpectedly in the middle of the night!

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  2. Love the contrast of Andrew’s energy with mum’s just getting on. I’d bundle everyone back into the one bed and sleep a while longer.


  3. We don’t have the term “Retained Fire Fighter” in the U.S. It’s probably like our Volunteer Fire Fighters. My dad was full time but was on call if needed for a really large fire. Good story and writing, Sarah Ann. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Hey,
      Over in the UK they decided to save money / due to the number of fires and fire stations they would only recruit retainer fire fighters, which means you are on call. So your pager can go off at any point and then you “rush” to the fire station and go out to where ever the issue is

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