Avenged Sevenfold

by , under Fiction Prompts, Friday Fictioneers


Troy loved his headphones. He wore them all the time. Noise canceling, with incredible dynamic range. He bragged that they cost a month’s rent and were worth every penny.

That’s why he just sat there when it happened, staring at his screen,  typing lines of code and drinking his Mountain Dew. He didn’t hear the alarm, nor the screaming, nor all the shooting. He didn’t notice his cube-mates fleeing into the basement tunnels to lock themselves in.

He just sat there in his cubicle, clicking away and listening to Avenged Sevenfold at top volume right up until he was killed.


Friday Fictioneers

  1. jademwong

    Oh gosh, I knew that was coming from the minute I read the second paragraph, but it still felt like a blow when he died. Amazing writing!

  2. Lynn Love

    A really well structured story – great build up and perfectly worded denouement. I love how you start with his love of the headphones that will end up killing him, showing us an aspect of his personality. Along with the taste in music, of course :)

  3. The Writer's Village

    Some of us live life that way – oblivious to what’s around us, others don’t care and are just happy living inside themselves, still others don’t want to know…
    Fate happens no matter what.


Don't just stand there.