Chapter 1

The sun was shining brightly in the sky as a light breeze was floating through the trees; keeping the day tolerable in the summer heat.

“It looks like another good turn out this year.” Lindsay was looking around at all the people gathered for the annual firefighter’s ice cream social.

“Seems to be, but there will probably be even more people later. Go ask Jessie where she wants you to help out or what she needs you to do.” She gave Mitch a kiss on the cheek and headed off to find Jessie.

Kids were running around, playing tag and laughing together as their parents were talking amongst themselves. Fire crews from all over the county were setting up the Waterball competition in the middle of the now blocked off streets, while wives and girlfriends were helping wherever they were needed and gossiping endlessly.

The annual ice cream social was the biggest fundraiser of the year for the fire department and also the most fun. There were games, food, face painting, and so much more. She finally spotted Jessie near the dessert tables, and slowly made her way through the crowd in that direction.

“I didn’t think I would ever find you.” Jessie looked up and sighed.

“I’m so glad you’re here. I need someone to guard the desserts while I go inside to get more. Those hooligans have been trying to steal them all day.” Jessie waved her hand in the direction of the large group gathered in the town square.

“Who, the kids?” Lindsay asked while glancing around for the little rascals that were causing Jessie so much stress.

“No the guys, they are worse than the kids sometimes.”

“You know men never really grow up.”

“No kidding, but enough about them. You come around here and sit your pretty pregnant butt down. I don’t know why you came to sit in this ungodly heat. Between pale skin and pregnancy, I don’t know which I should be more concerned about.” Jessie rubbed a hand over Lindsay’s barely showing belly.

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