Sunday, January 13, 2013
As Tough as You Get
From the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries
By J.J. Cook
Okay. I admit it. I've always thought being a ten-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department made me about as tough as I could be. I don't mean in the sense that I could kick some butt and tell the tale. I mean that inner toughness that comes with knowing your place in life and how you handle things.
Coming to Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, in the Great Smoky Mountains, has shot all that for me.
Nothing could have prepared me for taking a band of people who couldn't tell a fire hose from a fire extinguisher and making them into a group of firefighting volunteers. That's remarkable in itself.
Then there's the ghost.
That's right. Everyone says there's a ghost that haunts the cabin the town gave me to live in. It's the ghost of the old fire chief, Eric Gamlyn. From what people around here say about him, he's a combination Paul Bunyan and Smokey the Bear.
The lights turn on and off by themselves, the front door opens when I approach. I'd swear I'm hearing a gruff, male voice! If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck - well, you get the idea.
I have one last thing to try before I leave the beautiful log cabin that was built by Chief Gamlyn. I'm having the place checked for snakes in the wiring.
That's right. You heard me. There could be snakes in the wiring that have caused all of these things.
I'm a city girl. Not sure I wouldn't prefer a ghost to the thought of snakes. Eww!
Not so tough, right? The guys would laugh at me back home if they ever found out!
Sweet Pepper Fire Department Mysteries:
That Old Flame of Mine
Coming in April
By J.J. Cook