ONE LAST SHOW

Ultraviolet spotlights checked. Chairs unfolded.

The old hall was looking good.

Breathe in and get that musty scent. This was where it all started.

They had been on quite a journey since then.

Now, time for one last show.

‘Okay, open the doors.’

He watched them enter from behind the curtain. In they came, gathered from far and wide, by invite only. A couple of no-shows, but they could take care of them later.

‘Lock the doors.’

The band looked at each other, grim smiles all round. Battle-worn and scarred. Crossbows, axes and stakes raised in salute.

‘Let’s rock.’


Copyright Dale Rogerson

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


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59 responses to “ONE LAST SHOW”

  1. Those famous farewell gigs… until the next one 🤣

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    1. It seems bands find it hard to resist a reunion tour!

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      1. Having no other way of earning any dosh?

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  2. Menacing stuff, Iain. No doubt they had their reasons

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  3. What? Was it a massacre concert?

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    1. Ultraviolet light, wooden stakes and crossbows… it was a massacre of a certain species 😉

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  4. I feel like I want more… I’m terrible lol.
    PS. It ain’t over til the fat lady sings!

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  5. Dear Iain,

    I think they’ve taken “hard rock” to a new level. This has an ominous feel to it. You’ve set the stage well.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  6. Bang! Bang! Maxwell’s silver hammer…
    The day more than the music died!

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  7. Sounds like it’s going to be a night of mayhem. This is taking “let’s rock” to a whole new level. And the no-shows will not escape by the sounds of it.

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    1. They will get to them later! Thank you.

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂

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  8. And I’ve been concerned about Covid…
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. It has masked the old familiar threats that we used to worry about, including vampires.

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  9. Oy. Glad I wrote mine before reading yours!

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    1. Both explosive in our own ways!

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      1. And now there are three, with “Beyond the Flow.”

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  10. Why is The Final Countdown playing in my mind?

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    1. The perfect soundtrack!

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  11. Hard rock and heavy metal, indeed! There are easier ways to retire, undisturbed by fans….
    😱😱😱🙉🙈🙊

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    1. Got to go out with a bang!

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      1. …and a rattle of artillery…

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  12. Fascinating prelude to anything but a concert. Someone’s out for blood! Whose side is “he” on, I wonder, or is he just the impresario?

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    1. Maybe there’s more than one side! Thanks Dora

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  13. “we’ll take care of them later” for the no-shows and the raised weapons, I have to suspect something more sinister is afoot than some geezers putting on a last concert. Nicely done!

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    1. Oh yeah, definitely sinister.

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  14. I’d love to see them smoking under the spotlights as the band gets to work…

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    1. That’s the spirit! 🙂

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  15. Menacing, until you remember just who and what the victims are. Great take, Iain.

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  16. I wonder why so many of their enemies chose to accept their invitation – didn’t anyone have an inkling of danger?

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    1. I wonder what they had been promised – it sure wasn’t what they got!

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  17. I’ll pass on the invite to their next concert, thank you very much!!
    Good one!

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    1. You sure? It’s a hell of a show!

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      1. Hah! No, I’m good. I’d like to keep breathing for a little longer…

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  18. I hope some of those “no shows” will skedaddle where no one of these sees them. … 😉

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    1. Maybe they’ll come seeking revenge!

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  19. like they say, all things have to end one way or another.

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  20. I sure hope they get the no-shows. Just keepin’ the streets safe. Rock on!

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    1. It’s their duty. Thanks Brenda.

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  21. Oh Oh… that’s gonna be a gig to remember… Well not the audience… they won’t remember… oh dear

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    1. They will be remembered, but for all the wrong reasons!

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  22. Rockers just can’t resist rockin’ one more time.
    It’s the roar of the crowd … addictive to artists.
    As a former dancer, I can’ tell you it never gets old.
    Nicely done, Iain, as always. Have a wonderful weekend … Be Safe 😷
    Isadora 😎

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  23. Slash Rock, huh? Would the vampires be a metaphor for the way an adoring public eventually sucks the life from the band?

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    1. Could be! Thanks Penny.

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  24. It’s hard to get repeat customers that way.

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    1. It’s a career-ending performance, one way or the other!

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  25. You transform what looks like a wistful concert scene about to start into the massacre twist at the end. Quite creepy. Nicely done.

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  26. Sounds like the population needed to be thinned. Loved this.

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    1. Thanks Michele, hope you are well.

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