"Mysterious Fires Breaking out Across Prince Rupert, British Colombia"--
"I can't believe there is another one" read surprised Henry Peters. "That
must be 5 houses in the last 2 months. Why would anyone do such a vapid thing?"
"Dad, they don't even know if someone is setting them yet!"
"Oh Billy, wake up and smell the smoke. Fires like that just don't start
Billy knew that as he was walking away, but since he was the cause of all
the fires he did not want anyone to know. He felt ashamed that the only way he
could make money was to set fires and then get called in to the fire station as
a part time worker. He had no other way to make money for his girlfriend and
her Christmas present. He tried to keep living this life for as long as he
could but he was not sure how long he could keep it up. If he were to ever be
caught Lord only knows how long he would be locked away for.
Coming from a small town nobody was used to all the buzz going around. It
made Billy nervous. That was all everyone talked about on the small shaded
streets of Prince Rupert.
"Billy, Billy!" Henry yelled.
Snapping out of his dream world Billy relied "What?"
"Go down town and pick up some eggs would ya?"
"Yeah sure Dad."
As he walked down the street Billy pondered if he was really doing the
right thing. He had convinced himself that since Christmas was the time for
giving and he was just getting a little extra cash so he could give some more
to his girlfriend; he was doing the right thing. As he looked around the normal
hang out spots like the barber shop, he noticed the grim look on all the old-
timers and could not really put two and two together to figure out what was
going on. He saw the peoples' faces drop lower and lower. No, he thought it
isn't me, I have nothing to do with it.
He finally made it to the store where he saw old Jim Hubley.
"Hey Jim, got a dozen eggs for my old man?" Asked the immature boy.
"Yeah in the back fridge." Said Jim with a very sad look on his face.
"What's the problem Jim?"
"Haven't you noticed all the sadness going around the town Billy? Its
supposed to be Christmas time and there are now so many people with out a house.
How is that supposed to be happy and cheerful?"
"Yeah, uh, I was thinking the same thing." Said the very surprised boy.
Billy was still convinced that he was doing the right thing. It wasn't
really his fault that they had nothing and besides he needed the money more than
Walking home he saw a couple people including What looked to be like a
father, mother and two sons. They were standing inside a porch of the liquor
store. He wondered to himself...