Sunday Photo Fiction: Three Stars Go Out?

Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting SPF.


A Mixed Bag


“What do you remember, anything?” 

“I was dancing with this guy at the club. He was so hot. He went to buy me a drink and then he fell. There was such a look of shock on his face as he held his chest. He’d been shot, and the blood was running down his chest through his hands. . . He was staring at me and well, he never closed his green-green eyes. His body slid down the bar, half-slumped against a barstool. There was no more light in his eyes. . .  ” One star went out.


“What happened to you?” 

“Well, I was walking through my school. It was like any other day. The bell rang for fourth period, and I heard screaming and shouting. Kids were running, hiding in classrooms and hitting the floor. There were two shooters who had appeared, they were randomly shooting at anyone. But I was sure they had some targets. 

“They walked up to me and asked me if I was a Christian. I wanted to lie, but in the moment I couldn’t. I said yes, and the one shooter shot me several times. I felt the bullets, the agonizing pain, the blood flowing out of me. . . Then I was here.” Two stars went out.


“Why are you here?” 

“I was told it hasn’t happened yet, that I could still change the future. This guy told me I could help end many incidents of gun violence. He showed me this tiny infant girl named Tula, my great-granddaughter. My granddaughter Alison’s, future daughter. Alison was beautiful and all grown-up, walking in the mall with precious Tula in her stroller. Then, there were loud gun shots, mayhem, screaming. I watched helpless as Alison cried and wailed. Tula was shot fatally, they couldn’t help her in time; she bled out.”

“It made me think about gun control legislation. It made me think if Tula could live, and this didn’t happen to other people’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren, I could give up my right to bear arms. If I could stop my great-granddaughter from dying, I would give up those rights.” 

Three stars go out? 


©Mandibelle16.(2016) All Rights Reserved.


27 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: Three Stars Go Out?”

  1. An important and timely topic to use for the story. I’ve been over and over in my mind what possible solutions there might be that would stem gun violence, but in the end, I think the problem extends far past legislation. Like drug abuse, it gets to the root of human behavior. Until we eliminate the desire for violence, it will continue to plague us, regardless of what weapons are available.

    A very good piece, Amanda.

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    1. Thank you Chris. I know what you mean. It’s that capacity to hate, to bring others down with you, because you are so miserable, angry, religiously zealous, or whatever. I think making guns less available would help, I really do. But also, if a potential shooter or criminal, wants to get their hands on a gun, it seems they will do whatever to get it, illegally too. Very complex issue and so sad.

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  2. Amazing story, Mandi. The format of the story was a great decision, giving us three snippets to read works well with how fleeting each character’s life is. And the message ofc is so well-written. Subtle and yet not. Very striking piece.

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  3. Very poignant stories, Mandi! I agree with Chris. Banning people from having guns is not going to stop the problem. The ones that want to kill and do harm will get weapons. But I do agree that something needs to be done. What that is, I don’t know.

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    1. Yeah, I’m not sure either. The guy yesterday, legally purchased the guns for the nightclub incident. I thought at least, maybe we can stop situations like that. But I believe you are right in saying, if a would be shooter wants to get ahold of a gun, tougher laws such as banning guns, doesn’t always seem to stop them. Thank you for reading PJ.


      1. Yes, I see what you are saying. Perhaps in his situation it would have stopped this horrific mass shooting. Sadly, I don’t think that is the case. He would have found a gun from somewhere. Probably black market.

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    1. Thanks JA. I’m happy you found it provoking. I don’t know if better gun legislation would completely stop these mass shootings, but making guns harder to get legally at least, would help I believe.

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      1. There’s certainly got to be a reason the US has absurdly more gun deaths and mass shootings than just about every other western democracy. If it’s not the gun laws, then America has some really big problems.

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      2. Yes, I agree. In this last instance I heard the shooter legally got the guns so there is a definite problem there. Many people get them illegally too, but all in all, I think they need much tighter gun control to stop the legal guns attained too easily, and the illegal guns given, that authorities aren’t stopping. It’s a mess. I don’t know how you sort it out. Thanks JA.

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    1. Yeah, it was quite shocking event to wake up to. So sad. I don’t think it matters that it was in a gay bar, or in other instances schools where shooters were made at classmates or teachers, that’s always the excuse to shoot and kill. I think making guns harder to get a hold of would help agree at deal. It probably won’t stop thins, but at least tougher laws might help, thanks for your compliment Rosema 🙂

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      1. Yes.. i do hope laws might help. no matter what gender, no matter where, a life is a life. and all humans have the right to live and not be killed because of hate or terror.
        you’re welcome dear!

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  4. I don’t often tweet stories from Sunday Photo Fiction, but after Orlando, this one hit me pretty square on and I’m going to share it and also to my Facebook post page.

    A very powerful story and there is a lot behind it.

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    1. Thanks so much Al for sharing it. I’m happy you think it got the point across well. I’m Canadian, I don’t have much say in what Americans choose and want in their rights and laws, but I do hope I can make people stop and think. Thank you again.

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