Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – Amusement Park Rides


Adults held children while running and screaming in all directions. 

Horror on their faces signaled an unmistakable accident.

Uniformed fair staff and guards gathered everyone to safe zones.

A day of carnival treats and rides; now, the scene of a devastating tragedy.

Shock and terror paralyzed me. 

I’d declined my friends request that morning to chaperone her son, my daughter’s friend, to the fair. With six kids to monitor, I couldn’t manage more.

A round-a-bout chair ride suddenly stopped causing the chain to sever her sons’ leg. 

Amusement parks were off our activities list from that day forward.

2019©Isadora DeLaVega


Genre: Short Story

Word Count: 100

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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

29 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Amusement Park Rides

  1. It would be definitely be off mine as well. Good story, hoope it wasn’t true.

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  2. What a chilling event… and true as well. There are those fairs who are less than safe I’m afraid

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  3. How horrifying, especially as your story is based on a real event. No wonder you don’t visit amusement parks anymore.

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  4. Wow, Izzy, this reminds me of all the tragedies that have happened from amusement park rides. Great story! Very scary!

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  5. How absolutely sad that this is based on true events. I can understand why Amusement Parks are off the list.

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    • Eventually, the trauma was placed in its proper place. It happened in 1986. Years later, I did take my teens to amusement parks but the more well-known ones such as Disney which I thought might be safer. Glad you enjoyed my story by leaving a comment.
      Isadora 😎


  6. This fair ground is accident prone it seems. Is it right to decide never to go to any amusement park?

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    • This was the first time an accident had occurred at this carnival. It wasn’t a traveling one. We moved a few years later. The trauma was put in its proper place. Eventually, I took my teens to big amusement parks such as Disney. I felt they would be safer. Abhijit, thank you for visiting and commenting.
      Isadora 😎


  7. That’s horrific, Issy. I’m no fan of amusement parks and fairgrounds. Too many accidents have happened in these so-called fun places.

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    • Thanks, Sylvia. This happened in 1986. Although it’s a long time ago I can still remember the screams. I did eventually take my teens to big amusement parks such as Disney since I felt they would be maintained better.
      The small traveling carnivals weren’t included. I think safety begins with the parents. Anyway, the trauma eventually was put in it’s proper place. Have a wonderful week 👍😊😎

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  8. Oboy! Sad but true, I see from comments! I hope this has been somewhat cathartic! Take care! ❤

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    • No worries, Resa. This happened in 1986. It was a long long time ago. Eventually, we moved. The trauma was put in its proper place. I did take my teens to big amusement places like Disney where it seemed a lot safer. Thanks for reading 👍😊😎


  9. Querida Isadora,

    No hay palabras. How horrible….doubly horrible to know it’s a true story. Buen escrito.

    Shalom y abrazos,


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  10. Now I know what you mean about having no fondness for amusement parks!

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  11. Well done. This has the ring of truth to it.

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