Here it is Wednesday again and time to play #1lineWed. Today’s theme: **FRAME or EDGE** Oh, the possibilities! The twists and turns. The detours and deviations. Today, I’m truly tossing out something from my WIP–unedited, raw, pretty much the way it came out of my brain. I’m just lucky what I wrote yesterday matched today’s theme. So, this is from CRASH & BURN, my January release in Paige Tyler’s Dallas Fire & Rescue Kindle World. The hero isn’t around for this scene. It’s all about Katherine “Kit” Carson, who is newly transferred from the regular FD and Station 58 to Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport as an ARFF (Airport Rescue Firefighter). The rest is pretty much self-explanatory…
“Drive,” Dan ordered, stabbing at a button on the two-way radio. The dispatcher’s voice crackled with instructions. “You’ll come out on the south end of runway thirty-one left. Take the first taxiway toward the terminal then make a left onto the first LAHSO.
Lasso? What the heck? Then Kit’s memory kicked in. Not lasso but LAHSO—the acronym for Land and Hold Short Operations. This was sort of an extra runway but with no take-offs or landings allowed.
“Be sure to dodge any planes and stay out of the jet wash.”
Yeah, easy for him to say. The emergency lights were flashing and the vehicle’s siren activated but how could anyone hear it over the roar of jet engines? The column of smoke at the north end of the airport squatted like an ominous storm cloud. This was going down as the worst first day on the job ever.
Her brain fragmented—one part concentrating on driving, one part listening to the radio for updates—Stations Six, Two and Three were already on scene setting up command and operations. Chief Landon was en route from Station One. And Dispatch had acknowledged her as Recovery Command. And that’s where the biggest portion of her brain was hurtling on a hamster wheel of panic.
Kit’s job didn’t entail firefighting, nor was it rescue—provided there were any survivors. The first ARFFs to arrive had those challenges. Her whole reason for being on scene was to deal with the evidence—even if that evidence had once been alive. But this was a cargo plane, according to Dispatch. Her mandate was to locate the outer edge of the crash scene, document it, and then work into the interior, identifying and marking any remains and photographing them, along with any debris from the plane. By the time she was done, she would have taken thousands of photographs that would document the crash site and give investigators a frame of reference.
She’d practiced on table-top and computer simulations, and at live-training exercises where a bunch of volunteers got smeared with fake blood and tags listing their injuries. This wasn’t that. As she pulled up at the scene and saw the debris scattered across the field, she understood. No let’s-pretend drill would ever come close to the real thing.
So…are you standing on the edge or framing anything in your current WIP? Share! And if you’re just a reader, I need to know…is this scene like totally boring?