© Dale Rogerson

Ramon didn’t want to leave the memorial. Every second there was a tribute to his pain. Even at four in the morning, it was hot and muggy. Loneliness was an oppressive blanket. Tonight he especially missed Hector, his laugh, his twisted sense of humor.

“The Pulse” had once been a haven for them and for hundreds of others. Hector was one of the 49 who died. Ramon still limped from the wounds in his leg.

On June 12th of last year, terrorist Omar Mateen took everything from Ramon, everything except his spirit to survive in spite of it all.

On June 12, 2016, terrorist Omar Mateen entered The Pulse nightclub, a popular entertainment venue for the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Florida, killed 49 people and injured 68. The anniversary was just a few days ago.

The haunting image found at Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog reminded me of it. The idea is to craft a piece of flash fiction no more than 100 words long. My word count is 98.

To read other stories based on the prompt, visit InLinkz.com.

36 thoughts on “Orlando

  1. I really like how you link-back your stories to their inspiration , helps the readers to get the complete picture .
    I remember reading this news , last year.
    You have written it so beautifully, James.


    • Thank you. I did extensive reading of various news stories following the event and the motivations of the shooter seem complex. Nevertheless, the pain and death he left behind is horrific.


  2. From what I saw on the news there was a very moving all day tribute where the Pulse was located. You captured the grief and struggle to survive beautifully in this piece.


  3. Great use of the prompt indeed. I would not have given that man another second in the media. He could remain nameless, as far as I am concerned.


  4. A sad but beautiful tribute to a night that many, many will never forget.
    I live in Florida. Three hours from Orlando. I’ve always thought of Orlando as a happy place because of Disney.
    Now, it seems, it has the same criminality of any city. I hope those who have suffered losses can heal.
    Nicely done …
    Isadora 😎


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