She left the bathroom and heard more noises from the street. Looking out the window, she saw the fire trucks, police cars, and then her eyes zeroed in on her friend, Kurt. Fear struck through her, and then she smelled the smoke. Finally, she smelled the burning fire!
Kurt was waving at her, holding up his phone, pointing at it. Moon Shadow began playing again. This time she raced for her phone, where was it? She followed the sound, and saw it lying on the kitchen counter.
“Kurt, what the hell is going on? Is the fire in my building? Tell me what’s going on!”
“Listen to me, Claire. Do not open any windows, do not open your door. Use towels to block any air seepage. You’re going to be fine until we can get someone up there to take you out. Do not panic, dear lady! You’re invincible, you got that? I’m not about to lose you today, understood? Stay on the phone, Claire. I’ll keep you informed.”
She heard him yell an order at someone. She could hear it all with the connection open. She put the phone on speaker and ran for towels.
When she returned, she heard Kurt screaming from her phone. She threw a towel down in front of the door, kicking it to cover the crack of light behind it. She grabbed her phone and yelled into the phone. “Kurt, what?”
“Damn it, Claire. Keep the phone with you.”
“I was doing what you told me to do, Kurt. What now?”
“I want you to stand under the shower. Wet yourself down. Then wet down a blanket. They’re on their way up. Stay away from the door, do you hear me Claire?”
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