The idea is to write a story in 100 words flat.

The boys weren’t allowed to have guns.  But they wanted to play gangster, so Howard cut rifles out of cardboard.

“We want pistols,” 5-year-old Mickey said.

“And Uzis,” said Danny, age 3.

Howard, who watched many movies with pistols and Uzis while the boys’ mother worked late, cut cardboard into those shapes.

“Bang bang,” Mickey said.  Howard played dead.

Danny stuck two muzzles in Howard’s back. “Bang bang bang bang.”

The muzzles bent. “No fair,” Danny said.  He started to cry. “I want mommy.”

“Here,” Howard said. “Let’s get rid of these before she gets home. Let’s watch a movie.”


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