This post is written for Friday Fictioneers.

PHOTO PROMPT -© Vijaya Sundaram

It was to be a fun night with friends. Fernando, Riccardo, Sweet Rodriguez, all together for one fantastic evening.

Dancing in the freedom of the nightclub with our partners. The club absolutely vibrated with energy. Everyone close. Everyone happy. Everyone safe in their shared joy of being together.

The loud beat of the recorded music made us deaf to anything else.

Then Fernando fell at my feet, blood rushing from a gaping hole in his neck.

“Shooter!” I hear someone yell. I turned and saw him in the shadows.

The strobe light shattered like fireworks on the 4th of July.




  1. We are in a state of perpetual violence in our country and in the world, it seems!
    You story made me deeply sad, and the powerful contrasts you created added life and deathto your narration.

    (Sorry about my late response to your story! My computer is kaput, and I’m borrowing my husband’s. The Apple Store Genius Bar will be happy with my upcoming expenses!)


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