100WW — The Concert

39B5B334-54D7-47CE-8C75-5FBD8BA7B7F3Darla ran up to her father and threw her arms around his neck. “Thank you, thank you!” she yelled, barely able to contain her excitement.

“My pleasure, sweetie,” Bill said. “I know you wanted to see this band perform live, so I got tickets for you and your mother, who will go with you to the arena tonight.”

A few hours later, Bill’s son got an alert on his iPhone. He read it, ran into the den, and handed it to his father. “Oh my God!” Bill screamed when he read about the mass shooting currently underway at the arena.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl.

16 thoughts on “100WW — The Concert

  1. Sadje August 14, 2019 / 8:12 pm

    All too real and too tragic reality.

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  2. Tien Skye August 14, 2019 / 8:58 pm

    This is not at all fiction… What a piece that reflects the current situation

    Liked by 3 people

    • Fandango August 14, 2019 / 9:41 pm

      Sadly it does. Every parent’s worst nightmare.

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  3. Shweta Suresh August 15, 2019 / 1:06 am

    Omg! That’s a terrifying situation. It took me back to the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas.

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    • Fandango August 15, 2019 / 7:22 am

      That, and the Manchester, England thing at the Ariana Grande concert, were the inspirations.

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  4. johnfreda August 15, 2019 / 4:20 am

    That was a tough read. Unfortunately, its our world.

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  5. Marleen August 15, 2019 / 9:47 am


    Trump said, “We must reform our mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence and make sure those people not only get treatment but, when necessary, involuntary confinement. Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun. Fourth, we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process. That is why I have called for red-flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders. …. ”

    When I saw that he posed (third) this [supposed] preemptive confinement
    thing, my response was “Lock HIM up.”

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  6. Marleen August 15, 2019 / 9:51 am


    While many have expressed concern that the internet can act as an echo chamber for extremist views, there is no evidence to support Trump’s claims that video games cause mass violence. Research by the psychologist Patrick Markey found that 80% of those who committed a mass shooting didn’t even play video games, and the University of Southern California professor Henry Jenkins has found that “the overwhelming majority of kids who play do not commit antisocial acts,” as The New York Times reported in February 2018.


    Trump did not, however, advocate legislation mandating universal federal background checks, a measure with overwhelming bipartisan support. In February, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which has yet to receive a vote in the Senate.

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  7. bikurgurl August 15, 2019 / 11:18 am

    So poignant in this time … do we succumb to the fear, or boldly live our lives knowing we will not be ruled by it? Excellent, thought-provoking take as always 🖤 Thank you for joining us again this week!

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  8. leigha66 August 15, 2019 / 11:25 pm

    So sad, because it could so easily happen again.

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