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The beauty of the blossoming of new love. The characters are real to me and your narrative well written and easy to follow. I look forward to the next story. Just a sucker for a happy ending.
Chris was early. It was nerves. It was his first day as a newly-promoted Trainee Fireman. He’d been promoted at the end of the previous season, and this was his first turn in his new role. He’d read the roster and seen that his Fireman, and therefore mentor, was someone called J. High whom he had not come across before.
Chris unlocked the workshop and went through to the mess room to put the kettle on, change into his overalls and read the notices. Once done, he filled his water bottle and took his bag, donkey jacket and mug of tea out to the rostered loco. Dumping his things on the footplate, he climbed up into the cab and hung up his bag and jacket.
The normal safety checks done (regulator closed, mid-gear, cocks open and handbrake on) he checked the gauge glass. The boiler was two-thirds full, so that was OK. The water tank, on the other hand was not, so he put the hose in and turned it on. As a trainee, he couldn’t do any more, so he started polishing the cab brass.