First published in Juked, April 7, 2019. Copyright 2019 by Tetman Callis.

            The candlestick on the window sill was burning. I had been sleeping. It was the middle of the night.

            Christmas Eve, I left the candle burning on the window sill to light the way for the Christ-child.

            The room had no smoke alarm.

            A fire that starts in one corner can engulf a room in three minutes.