I. The gun is always loaded.
The house was cold. It echoed. Even the rug was gone.
II. Grip; do not grasp. Never squeeze.
“Hello?” No answer. His skin prickled. Why weren’t the lights on?
III. Watch the sights, not the target.
It was too much house. He’d known that when he’d signed the mortgage. He had never realized exactly what that meant.
IV. Small errors become magnified.
He sat down on one of the remaining chairs and gripped his hair, tight enough to bring tears to his eyes. He needed an excuse.
V. Clean your gun afterwards. Proper care is essential. Happy shooting!
Ray Bradbury Award Nominees 2015
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