Dangerous Days

Animatronic T. Rex in a museum

This is a weekly invitation to write a short piece of fiction (~200 words) based on a photo prompt (above) provided by Alastair Forbes. Click the pic for his site and find more stories you’ll enjoy!

The Channel 4 “News 4 You” van skidded to a stop on wet pavement outside the Metro Museum. They were the last to arrive and Candace jumped out so eager to complete her first live newscast she missed seeing the deep puddle outside her door.

“It’s History 4 You” someone in the crowd laughed.

Candace cringed and knew she’d hear about their lack of early coverage later. Still, there was an active shooter inside. She remembered waking-up thinking it was going to be a good news day.

Police were in contact with security who had barricaded themselves inside their office. She arrived just as information was trickling out to the press.

“A hunting rifle?” she couldn’t have heard correctly.

“Not an AR-15 assault rifle?”

She was corrected that the assailant was carrying a large-caliber hunting rifle and that the AR-15 wasn’t an assault rifle.

“He’s only shot-up the Velociraptor exhibit,” she told her partner. “Some live news report this is.”

Candace was setting-up her shot with the museum in the background when activity erupted behind her.

Security guards fled the building…followed by a T. Rex…followed by a man aiming a Mauser elephant gun.







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