|“||This town has no volunteer fire department. The Talkie Brothers are Stain'd-by-the-Sea's only hope.||”|
The Talkie Brothers are the only official firefighters left in Stain'd-by-the-Sea.
Early Life/Questionable Relation
The Talkies are the only firefighters in Stain'd-by-the-Sea after the economy crash. One or both of them is the sibling of either Prosper or Alice Lost, as they are the uncles of Ornette Lost. There was a fire at The Lost Arms, which they managed to extinguish with only the loss of Alice, after which Ornette was sent to live with them in order to remain safer. They are teaching her to fight fires. She also says that they taught her how to smuggle popcorn into the movie theater under her coat.
Despite being labelled "brothers," Lemony Snicket observes that they share absolutely no physical similarities, and that they "didn't seem to be brothers." It is speculated that they may be a couple instead of brothers; in the books' canon, gay marriage seems to not be legal by the time Snicket is an adult, and he is a child while in Stain'd-by-the-Sea. It is possible that they are only pretending to be brothers to avoid homophobia.
The Talkies are called to put out a fire at Stain'd Secondary School. However, a dangerous chemical was leaked into the fire hydrants, which made the blaze worse and injured the Talkies, who had to be rescued by Jake Hix and Cleo Knight. The next day, they have an on-the-house breakfast at Hungry's, where they meet Lemony Snicket and ear Hangtown fries.
Ornette warns them about the chemical, and tells them that the Inhumane Society is planning to set a fire, and to not respond to any calls. They do take the night off, riding their horses around town. They salute Snicket upon seeing him.
The Talkies wear uniforms reading OFD, and are described as "of different sizes, shapes, nationalities, facial expressions, hair lengths, ear sizes, nose shapes, mouth curves, brow furrows, and wristwatches." They are heavily bandaged after the Stain'd Secondary fire.