Originally appeared in the 2008 anthology Backdraft--Fireman Erotica
From the Author of the Popular "Roommates" comes the Smoke Detector. Violating the fire code in your condo can lead to some serious "punishment" from the Fireman. Steaks aren't the only thing cooking.
A very handsome resident of The Dukes Condos decides one evening he's in the mood for a big juicy steak. He knows he's in serious violation of the city's fire code for cooking on an open grill on his balcony. But he does it anyway in plain view of the fire station. The Fire Marshall pays him a visit and lays a heavy fine on his butt.
“Since I’ve discovered this serious violation, I will have to inspect the rest of your apartment. Where are your smoke detectors?” He stood with his feet planted wide apart. I saw his hand brush his crotch.
I didn’t know what to do. I knew if I turned around, he was going to see my bubble ass with the big white bow across it. I wasn’t sure if his memory of me was friendly or not. I moved crablike sideways as I led him back into the house and pointed out smoke detectors in the kitchen and hall.
“And the bedroom?” He looked me directly in the eyes.
I remembered I had left an X-rated DVD playing on the television. And guess what it was titled? Firemen Fucking Orgy-Style at the Firehouse. What irony, I thought. “Um look we don’t have to go in there, do we? It’s kind of messy and—”
Charles W. Harvey is a native Houstonian and a graduate of the University of Houston. He has studied fiction under the guidance of Rosellen Brown and Chitra Divakaruni at U of H. He has studied poetry under Joyce James and Cynthia MacDonald. In 1987, Charles was a 1st prize recipient of PEN/Discovery for Cheeseburger, which went on to be published in the Ontario Review. In 1989 Charles Harvey was awarded the Cultural Arts Council of Houston Grant for Writers and Artists. Also in 1989 he was a finalist in the MacDonald's Literary Achievement Awards. Charles has been published in Soulfires, Story Magazine SHADE, High Infidelity, The James White Review, and others. His novel The Road to Astroworld awaits the world. He challenged himself to participate in the 2011 NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writer's Month) Contest in which he pinned the rough draft of his future novel: The Butterfly Killer. Look for Charles W. Harvey in the exciting anthology Mighty Real (edited by Darius Omar Williams and Royce Bryant Smith. His works of poetry can be perused through NEWVERSENEWS. He is well established on Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes&Noble.