In this snippet, Estelle Three-Hearts has spent the evening with the Newberry firefighters, and is helping Mark Redfeather do the dishes after the meal. They're talking about why they do what they do while they wash the dishes.
Normally, being called a hero made Mark uncomfortable, especially with his heritage of being a Firebird. But he understood her perspective, admiring the people who ran into burning places to help others rather than away. And he wanted to be her ‘sexy hero’ with a desperation he’d never felt in the past.
He laughed and flexed one arm. “I can’t argue with that. If you aren’t interested in the firefighter aspect, I’m okay with sexual fantasy.”
To his delight, Estelle threw back her head and laughed. “You might just get your wish.” She winked and went back to work. “Can I ask you a question?”
“Sure.” He dried the pot she’d scrubbed.
“I’ve heard firefighters don’t like the word ‘hero’. Why is that?”
He stored the pot away as he considered. “I think it has to do with the word itself. ‘Hero’ means a lot of different things, but most importantly it means squeaky-clean, altruistic, worthy of veneration, pure action without expectation of reward, and most of us don’t feel like we fit the bill.” He rubbed the dish and set it aside. “We’ve all done stupid things in the line of duty, or felt like we haven’t done enough, or just love the pure rush of adrenaline when heading into a fire. Yes, the end result is we save people or structures, but our motives might not be as pure as the word ‘hero’ requires, and if the shiny armor doesn’t fit, we’d rather not wear it.”
Heroism isn't what we think it is. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list, the Snippet Sunday Facebook group, and the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group. A few of my favorites are, P.T. Wyant, Karen Michelle Nutt, Veronica Scott, Jessica Subject, J.D. Walker, Addison Albright, and Iris Blobel.
Here's the blurb to BURNING YULETIDE:
Estelle Three-Hearts has one goal for the holidays – finish her charity calendar for the ‘Smoke Detectors in Every Building’ program to provide fire safety for the citizens of Three Lakes. Luckily, her uncle is a captain for the fire department who’s recruited volunteers to pose for the sexy firefighter calendar. There’s nothing more fun to look at than half-naked firefighters all year round.
Mark Redfeather, a Firebird shifter, has learned to use his birthright for firefighting rather than fire-lighting. When his captain asked for volunteers for the charity calendar, he had no plans to participate – until he meets Estelle, and recognizes her as his mate.
Estelle is human and knows nothing about the Elder Races, but when an arsonist strikes her home and studio, Mark is forced to reveal his secret. Estelle must decide if he’s the monster she fears or the man who sets her heart on fire.
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