CHAPTER 1 - THE FIRE
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I opened my eyes immediately when I heard the fire alarm. A momentary panic spread through my body and I hurried to get out of bed. I went over to the window to check the situation. Flames had surrounded the north side so I hurried over to the front door. I grabbed the doorknob in panic, it was burning hot. I realized instantly that I was trapped inside, surrounded by flames. I had to think fast so I grabbed the first thing I could reach and started making some loud noises. I tried to get the attention of anyone that could help me get out of this burning hell.
“HELP! I’M STUCK IN HERE!” I yelled and started coughing. I was inhaling too much smoke. I wasn’t able to think clearly or continue yelling like Sean had taught me to do. I was simply growing more tired with the lack of oxygen. My vision blurred and I dropped to the floor in defeat. The flames were slowly reaching my floor and I was just here in the middle of my studio apartment, helplessly waiting for rescue.
The sound of the shattered door echoed through the whole apartment and I looked up to see a silhouette of a firefighter. I broke into tears with relief.
“LILY! ARE YOU OKAY?” I recognized Sean’s voice immediately. He was here to save me. I felt his arms around me and before I could even answer him, everything went dark.
When I opened my eyes, I was at the emergency room of a hospital and Sean was sitting next to my hospital bed still in his uniform.
“What happened to me?” I asked and started coughing. My chest was sore but I tried to sit up. I remembered the fire but I couldn’t recall how I had arrived at the hospital.
“You passed out. You inhaled quite a lot of smoke back there.” Sean said looking at me with a worried expression all over his face. I wasn’t used to seeing him like this.
“How are you feeling?” He asked moving closer to the bed to take my hand in his.
“Better…” I said and paused. “…and homeless,” I answered shortly realizing that my life had burned down with the apartment.
“I have no ID, phone, or money to figure out a temporary solution so now that I think about it… I don’t feel that good anymore.” I said freaking out a little.
“You can stay with me until you figure out something,” Sean said and I didn’t even give it a thought before answering.
“Thank you!” I said and smiled. I needed a place to stay and Sean was my best friend so I didn’t even hesitate for a second.
“Look we need some rules if we are going to live together,” Sean said in return and I nodded.
“I agree! Please avoid bringing your girlfriends home! I don’t want to witness a traumatic situation.” I said nagging him a little. Sean was known to be a flirt and he loved playing around with women. Now that I was thinking about it, he had never really dated anyone for longer than a few weeks.
“What would be so traumatic about watching this body naked in action?” He asked with a flirty wink.
“Well I am not interested in your body so please do me a favor and keep your interesting sex life out of the apartment until I find my own place,” I said and he smiled silently. I was used to Sean’s flirty remarks. I had known him since we both were literally wearing diapers and I knew him well enough to know when he was joking around.
“Let me go and talk to the nurse so we can get you out of here.” He said and I nodded in response. I was tired and needed a shower.
Stepping into Sean’s apartment, I noticed how clean his place was. I was always amazed by how clean he kept his place despite being a single man. We would from time to time hang out in his apartment but I had never stayed long term. I went into the living room and waited for Sean. After a moment he stepped out of the bathroom and walked into the bedroom. I was silent and decided to follow him to the bedroom since I needed a change of clothes.
“You can take the bed. I will sleep on the couch inside the living room.” He said grabbing the extra pillow from his bed. I was feeling bad about invading his space like this.
“There are plenty of space in this bed. We’ve already slept in the same bed before so we can just share it.” I said without thinking twice.
“Last time we shared a bed was when you were 7 and I was 8.” He said looking into my eyes with a serious expression.
“A lot of things have changed since then…” He said stepping closer with a mischievous smile on his lips.
“You are a beautiful woman…” He said brushing my hair away from my face. “… and I am a skillful man…” he continued and looked deeply into my eyes. “… sleeping together would be dangerous… don’t you think?” He said in a hoarse voice which made me shiver instantly. Sean was a handsome hunk of a man, who looked incredibly sexy in his firefighter uniform, which he still was wearing.
“Whatever…” I said, trying to disturb the direction my mind was going. He is my best friend and I can’t just think about things like these.
“Can I borrow your shower and some clothes?” I asked, trying to change the topic.
“Sure…” He said and went over to the closet. Tossing me one of his big t-shirts, he smiled.
“You know where the bathroom is, make yourself comfortable.” He said and I left the bedroom. When I stepped into the bathroom, I realized the extra toothbrush and towel Sean had laid out next to the sink. Sean was a thoughtful man who would probably make a woman very happy in the future, I thought and sighed. I remembered having a crush on him when I was younger but I had come to accept that we were just friends. Our parents were friends so we had naturally grown up together. He made me feel comfortable and protected which I was grateful for. I loved him and I would probably love him for the rest of my life as a good friend.
I stepped under the spray of water and rinsed off the smoke. When I was done showering, I dried my body and got dressed in the t-shirt Sean had given me. The t-shirt was big and covered me well enough. I had to ask Sean to buy me clothes tomorrow since I had nothing to wear. Not even a clean set of underwear. Stepping out of the bathroom, I walked into the living room where Sean was seated. He had changed into comfortable clothes and looked like he was reading something from his phone with a serious expression.
“What’s up?” I said, sitting next to him. I grabbed the remote and turned on the television.
“I am just reading the report regarding the fire in your building. The police are investigating the fire as arson.” He said shortly while I was zapping through the channels.
“I wonder who would have purposefully set the building on fire,” I said still looking to find a good channel at 5 in the morning.
“I guess we won’t figure it out until police are done with their investigation,” Sean said and put his phone away.
“Feeling better?” He asked, turning his attention to me. Our eyes met and I smiled with a nod.
“Definitely! Can you pick up some things for me tomorrow? I need clothes and clean underwear,” I said.
“Sure, make me a list and I will get it all.” He said with a heartwarming smile. I turned my attention to the television and continued my search for something to watch.
“Aren’t you tired?” He asked and I nodded.
“I am but I keep on thinking about what happened a few hours ago,” I said. Even though I felt safe with Sean, I couldn’t get the fire out of my mind. I could have died in that building if I wasn’t saved.
“Come here…” He said pulling me under his arm. He took the remote from my hand and I rested my head on his chest. Sean’s muscular chest was the best cushion I could ask for right now. His embrace was always warm and calmed me down. He was the only one who could console me when I felt down and I couldn’t stop myself from snuggling closer into his embrace. After I had settled down in his arms, I watched him enter a streaming app and put on ‘Friends’. After watching a few episodes, I passed out in his arms peacefully, listing to his calmly beating heart.
I woke up on Sean’s couch alone the next day. When I looked at the clock and saw that it was already past 1 pm I started panicking. I should have called my workplace the first thing in the morning but it was already too late and I don’t even have a phone.
“Sean?” I called out but the apartment was empty. My eyes landed on the slip of paper he had placed on the sofa table.
I have called your workplace and told them about your situation. I am going to return the uniform and pick up some stuff so I will be back in a couple of hours. I did groceries this morning so please feel free to use the kitchen.
Relief washed over me when I read his message and I decided to lay down a little longer, enjoying the soft couch under me. I turned on the television and started looking for something to watch. I remembered how cozy it felt last night to be in Sean’s arms and I couldn’t stop my heart from skipping a beat. This was the ‘Sean Hamilton Effect.’
He could make your heart flutter with even the slightest gesture and I hated it. I hated that I was drooling over my best friend who happened to have a killer body. I had to admit that I have had several wet dreams with Sean as the main character before and I was a little ashamed of it. However, now that I was in his apartment, surrounded by his tempting scent I couldn’t stop my mind from imaging him naked on this couch, jerking off to porn. It had been way too long since I had spent the night in a man’s arms and this whole situation wasn’t helping it at all. How will I ever survive living with Sean? I thought.
His hard body against mine had felt so good and I could feel the heat building in my core. I should probably add a vibrator to the shopping list, I thought. Closing my eyes, I imagined Sean’s delicious body. I was used to admiring his half-naked glory on occasions. Biting my lower lip, I lifted the t-shirt I was wearing and started to play with my already hard nipples. I let my right-hand travel south while spreading my legs slightly to welcome my fingers. Stroking my wet folds, I started to touch my clit slowly. I kept my eyes closed imaging all sorts of things Sean’s tongue could do to my pussy. I was so lost in the moment that my moans were blending in with the sounds from the television.
“Aaaaah” I moaned loudly reaching my climax gradually. I kept stroking my clit in circular movements while imagining Sean’s sexy body. With the last stroke, I felt the orgasm wash over me. My toes curled and my back arched with the blissful satisfaction of my orgasm.
“Well well well…” I heard Sean’s voice and when I opened my eyes I was greeted by his sexy smile looking at my post-orgasm nakedness.