Accusing Emily Packet of deliberately setting fire to the St. Pity’s Infant’s School was nothing more than vicious slander. It wasn’t her fault that the science lab had just done ‘Helium’ as an afternoon project with the year ten children, nor that the fire door had been locked for the night. Nor was it her fault that the school hamster had been cremated along with the east wing before the fire brigade had arrived. On the good side, all her books had gone up in smoke, she’d been warm for the first time in three years and she’d managed to smoke a whole packet of cigarettes with the headmaster none the wiser. It served him right for summoning demons as teachers instead of employing real ones.
photo J T Unger's Fire Pits