The Fire (by frasrgrl)

Summary:  There’s a fire in Virginia City, but is that all there is to it?

Word Count: 13,300

This story started off as just a little tidbit that I did for July’s Chaps and Spurs challenge. Now there is a mega challenge. It’s to see if you can keep a story going each month using the Chaps and Spur challenge words. Here’s my attempt at that.
Rated: T


                                                                      The Fire


Author’s Chapter Notes:

July 2011 Chap and Spurs words were:

  • Muster
  • Pump
  • Extinguish
  • Ignite
  • Bucket

August 2011 Chap and Spurs words were:

  • August
  • Majestic
  • Noble
  • Dignified
  • Imposing

September 2011 Chap and Spurs words were:

  • Anniversary
  • Celebration
  • Passing
  • Memorial
  • Round Up

October 2011 Chap and Spurs words and explanations were:

  • Graveled = Perplexed
  • Cavil = Nitpick, quibble
  • Palaver = Useless talking
  • Shy = Wary
  • Obloquy = False accusation, malicious gossip

November 2011 Chap and Spurs words were:

  • Meteor
  • Constellation
  • Leo
  • Superlative
  • Radiant

December 2011 Chaps and Spurs challenge was to use 10 words from a list that was comprised of the words that had been used during the year. I picked the following words:

  • Betray
  • Brothers
  • Conflict
  • Dream
  • Entrance
  • Ignite
  • Imposing
  • Noise
  • Passing
  • Patience
  • Possibilities
  • Promise

January 2012  Chap and Spurs words were:

  • Wolf
  • Oak
  • Ice
  • Doorway
  • Stove

February 2012  Chap and Spurs words were::

  • Lunatic
  • Interval
  • Pining
  • Moonshine
  • Secondary

March 2012  Chap and Spurs words were:

  • Guard
  • Forward
  • Basket
  • Hare
  • Frenzy

April 2012  Chap and Spurs words were cowboy terms:

  • Barkin’ at a knot – doing something useless; wasting your time trying something impossible
  • Hair in the butter – a delicate situation
  • Hobble your lip – Shut up
  • Nailed to the counter – Proven a lie
  • Pulling a kite – Making a face
  • Scarce as hen’s teeth – extremely rare or hard to find
  • Velvet couch – Cowboy’s bedroll

May 2012  Chap and Spurs words were:

  • Simon
  •  Blind
  •  Butter
  •  Leap
  •  Cradle

June 2012 (Gold badge month!)  Chap and Spurs words were:

  • Giant
  • Lumberjack
  • Babe
  • Logging
  • Legend

This is being posted as is without the chance of a beta read, and will be corrected later since I’m slipping in under the wire.

July 2012  Chap and Spurs words were:

  • Track
  • Field
  • Summer
  • Agony
  • Victory

August 2012  Chap and Spurs words were:

I know this part is a bit “cheesy” but it’s not my fault.

  • Asiago
  • Stilton
  • Munster
  • Beaufort
  • Buffalo

September 2012  Chap and Spurs words were:

  • Camel
  • Freight
  • Spit
  • Race
  • Salt

October 2012  Chap and Spurs words were:

  • Treacherous (Benediction)
  • Zig-Zag
  • Toothsome
  • Dissipated
  • Impaled

According to there are a couple different meanings to toothsome. The one I used here is:

Attractive; Alluring

I also decided to use one word from my coupon that was rewarded to those who used all of the cowboy phrases in their story. I’m replacing benediction with treacherous.


End Notes:

Many, many thanks to Cheaux for being my beta and putting up with me and my last minute emails. I don’t know what I would do without her.

Also a big, huge thank you to everyone who has followed this story and have supported me in doing it.


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