Lucy Gallagher stood screaming and crying as the fire department battled the out of control fire.
This can’t be happening. She pinched herself. I have to be dreaming!
It was hours before the blaze was contained. She stood numb out in the cold staring into the flames. She didn’t feel the cold, she felt nothing. She heard the fire fighters talking about gas lines, and leaks. They said she was lucky she wasn’t inside. Lucy knew the truth. It was Lobelia. As a child Lobelia was obsessed with fire. Before life had currupted her, she had wanted to be a fire fighter.
Lucy stood there even as the fire fighters tried to offer her a blanket and something warm to drink. She dug her nails into her palms so she wouldn’t cry.
One of the volunteers offered her a place to stay. His name was Sam, she thought. Sam owned a house on the edge of town next door to his. It had been empty awhile. It wasn’t much, but she was welcome to stay for as long as she needed. She accepted his offer, tried to smile, but couldn’t.
Sam offered to drive Lucy to the house. She accepted. Sitting beside him quietly. She knew she should be thanking him up and down for his generous offer, but she was shell shocked and more then a little numb. He seemed to understand and didn’t seem insulted by her her silence.
The house was small and compact. Sunflowers grew against the front lending a cheerful effect to what could have otherwise been a quite somber house. The house was old, but it had a lot of charm and Lucy was just happy to not be sleeping in a card board box.
Stepping inside she breathed in the smell of dust. Nothing but a little elbow grease couldnt cure. She was too exausted too care. She just wanted to fall into bed, and wake up when this nightmare was over.
Climbing up the stairs to her new bedroom the exaustion hit her like a ton of bricks. She was suddenly stricken with the realization that the clothes she was wearing were the only clothes she had left. She stripped down to her bra and panties and climbed into bed. She fell asleep instantly.
She slept all day and well into the evening. As the sun was beginning to set Lucy started to clean away some of the grime. She was cleaning the front windows when she saw Sam walking down the sidewalk. Funny how she never noticed how good looking he was until now…
“Sam!” She said stepping outside and running over to him. “I just wanted to thank you for letting me stay here. I don’t know how I can ever repay you.”
He smiled at her. Not one of the smiles people give you when they want something in return after doing something generous. An honest to goodness smile, from a guy with truely a good heart.
“Well she’s been sittin vacant for a couple years now, and its good to see the lights on inside again. I’ve been fixing up as you probably noticed. A couple days of hard work and I should have a fresh coat of paint and new flooring down for you.”
“Of coarse as soon as my insurance money comes through, I’ll pay for any repairs that you feel are nessecary.” Lucy offered.
Sam waved her offer away. “Nonsence.” he said. “This was something I was doing anyways.”
Lucy followed Sam into the house greatful for his genorosity.
She stood back and watched as he checked out the fixtures, measured the windows and floor space.
“If its ok with you I can get started with the renovations right away. A new coat of paint and some new flooring and i’ll have this place looking like new.” he said smiling at her.
Lucy looked up and met his bright blue eyes. Had she ever seen a shade of blue that color before?
“That sounds great Sam, thank you. Again. So much. I could never say that enough…” She felt tears prick behind her eyelids. This was without a doubt the most generous and kind hearted thing anyone has ever done for her. She vowed that she would repay him somehow.
He finished up with his estimates, and she followed him outside into the yard to say goodbye.
“Oh yeah.” He said. He produced a bundle of yellow wild flowers and handed them to Lucy. “These grow all over my yard and I thought they would bring you some happiness. I know its kinda musty inside…” His voice trailed off.
“Thank you so much.” Lucy smiled watching him climb into his truck and head off to town.
She watched him drive away sniffing at the flowers and returned inside to continue to clean.
After a couple days of work, Sam was true to his word. It was amazing what a fresh coat of paint, and some new flooring could do to lighten the house and her heart. Due to the suspcious nature of the fire which was still under investigation, Lucy hadn’t recieved a dime of her insurance money. It was lucky she had money in her savings account which she was quickly burning through. Lucky for her she found some good finds in second hand stores.
Sam and Lucy were becoming fast friends. It was amazing how much they had in common! The day before Spooky day they decided to meet down at the festival grounds for the Spooky day Celebration.
“Thanks for inviting me.” Sam smiled. “I can’t believe Winter is almost here.”
There were so many people at the Spooky day festival. The sun was actually shining for once after many days of rain. It promiced to be a wonderful day, and as she smiled at Sam, she knew it also promiced wonderful company.
There was so much to do and see at the festival. They both laughed as they dunked there heads in and out of the cold water bobbing for apples. He was way better at it then she was.
When he wasnt looking, Lucy stared at him for a moment, again struck by how good looking he was. She looked away in embarassment before he could catch her staring.
She followed Sam into the haunted house. She clutched at his arm the entire time, not because she was scared, but simply because she loved the feel of his muscles. She was shameless…
It was when she was picking a pumpkin out of the pumpkin patch where out of the blue it hit her that she was falling in love with Sam.
He deserves better then you. Lucy thought. The little devil on her shoulder was quick to fill her with self doubt. But she chased those thoughts away. She wasn’t going to make the same mistakes she made with Presley. She felt as though she had really turned a chapter in her life.
Lucy was watching the band play when she saw Sam staring at her…
Without a word Sam grabbed Lucy’s small hands in his big ones, and pulled her closer.
Her breath froze as his warm lips met hers. She felt a ripple of pleasure from the roots of her hair to the tips of her toes.
“I hope that was ok.” He began. “I’ve been wanting to do that for some time now, and this just seemed as good a time as any.” Lucy pulled him towards her this time, letting him know just how ok with it she really was.
She didn’t notice Lobelia in the background staring at Lucy and Sam with hatered. Before she could be noticed she turned around and disapeared into the night…