I was only a child and they made it sound like so much fun. I went with them eagerly.
There’s still time. Turn away.
How could I have known it would end like this?
Close your eyes! Now!
But I didn’t. The blast of a shotgun, the look on his face when he knew he’d been betrayed, his body – lifeless in a bloody heap on the ground – all forever burned into the cortex of my brain like the brand of a hot iron. The scream exploded from the deepest part of my broken young heart…
They shot Old Yeller!
From the prompt “Stopwatch” at One-Minute Writer. And, by the way, a true story.