The Smoke Detector

The Smoke Detector

by Charles Harvey

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Violating the fire code in your condo can lead to some serious "punishment" from the Fireman. Steaks aren't the only thing grilling on the patio. A visit from the Fire Marshall heats things up for the handsome resident of The Dukes Condos. He's decided 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?” The Marshal 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 butt 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154962893
Publisher: Wes Writers and Publishers
Publication date: 11/15/2017
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 311 KB

About the Author

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 place 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. He is the author of the novels The Butterfly Killer, Promise Goodday, and Boy 4 Higher. He is also the author of several story and poetry collections. 

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