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|The Rescue (standard:humor, 562 words)|
|Author: Chuck||Added: Oct 12 2002||Views/Reads: 2677/1||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Out for an afternoon drive, a couple springs into action, when they spot a little girl with a cigarette lighter heading towards a gasoline can.|
The Rescue Thomas and Dianne Stewart, out for an afternoon drive, stopped at a stop sign in a quiet suburban neighborhood. Thomas watched a little girl, perhaps two years old, as she played in her yard. Moments later he gasped when he realized she was playing with a cigarette lighter. "How utterly awful, to let a small child play with a cigarette lighter," Thomas exclaimed to his wife. His wife nodded her head in agreement. As he prepared to pull away, he watched the little girl head into the back yard. As the car began to move, Thomas spotted a large red gasoline can, with no lid on it. If the small toddler flicked the cigarette lighter, the spark or resulting flame could ignite the fumes escaping from the open gas can, creating a high potential for disaster. Thomas, trained in safety and rescue operations while in the armed forces, trained in the martial arts while in college, a marathon runner, weight lifter, Olympic swimmer, and a lumber jack by trade, sprang into action. He literally kicked his car door open, shattering the hinges, as he gave instructions to his wife with the aid of a bullhorn. Fetch the hose honey and fetch it quickly. His wife ran around the car, raising the hood, where using her bare hands, she tried to remove the radiator hose. Her husband, not wanting to hurt her feelings, screamed softly but sternly, "garden hose honey, garden hose", while muttering under his breath, "stupid wonman". She then ran around the house, gathering up all the garden hoses she could find, while Thomas ran to the gas can. As fast as possible, he drew a perimeter one hundred feet away from the can with the heel of his foot, completely encircling the can. He instructed his wife to connect the five hoses. She nodded her head in agreement and hurriedly did as she was told. Thomas advised his wife to gather anything she could find, lawn chairs, garbage cans, even the barbecue grill, and get them to the street to form a protective barrier. This would keep out unsuspecting neighbors in the event of a catastrophe. Obediently, his wife ran, gathering up the items necessary and hastily built the barricade. Thomas ran to the street to block traffic, as he sent his wife to turn on the water. Under her husband's direct guidance, she sprayed water within the perimeter, saturating the ground. With this done, he instructed her to run to their car and fetch the fire extinguisher. She nodded her head and returned in seconds with the equipment he needed. He removed the tab, activating the extinguisher and directed her to spray the small child as if she were in flames. Dianne aimed the nozzle at the toddler and pulled the trigger. Mushrooming foam covered the little girl from her head to her toes, protecting her from the flames, in the even of an explosion. The little girl began crying, not aware that these two people were risking their very lives for her.......... From the side of the house, Thomas and Dianne heard the child's mother yell, "Jessica, do you need more candy in you Pez dispenser?" ....................Thomas looked again at the object in the little girl's hand.............. Thomas and Dianne sprinted for the car, tearing down the blockade, as they hightailed it out of the neighborhood. Tweet
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