There once was an amazing family that lived in Nevada right on the outskirts of Las Vegas. This family consisted of an amazing mother, a caring and heroic father, and two young innocent children Maddie who is 9 and Lucas who is 7. They were the perfect family.
One day the father, John came home with a surprise for his wife Angela. He had two tickets to a concert in Vegas to Angela’s favorite person Jason Aldean. She was so excited she had not been out of the house in forever. The day of the concert they dropped the kids off at their grandparents and headed toward the concert. They get there an hour early to get to stand toward the front by the stage. Once they arrive, there are already so many people, they end up toward the middle of the crowd.
An hour later the concert begins. Jason is a few songs in. Everyone is having fun. Listening and dancing to the music. Then out of nowhere bullets start raining from the sky and people fall one by one. All of a sudden the crowd is in a state of panic everyone is trying to take cover and get away from the open space. There were thousands there. So it wasn’t very easy to get away. Everyone runs away but in midst of the chaos Angela and John get separated.
So now Angela has made it to safety and she is looking everywhere for him. She doesn’t know what is happening. The bullets have been just constantly coming down like hail taking out everyone in sight. Some people in the group that is safe were whispering about a man that stayed behind to get all the injured people to safety so they can get help. The people keep coming to safety one after the other and still no sign of John. She thought maybe John is on the other side. So she quickly starts running through the concert arena with bullets just barely missing her, she sees a man covered in blood leading people to safety and he turns to her then she runs and hugs him and starts kissing him. It was John. He is the hero saving everyone.
Then a gunshot goes off one last time and the bullet is headed toward Angela so John pushes her out the way and jumps infront of her as 3 painful metal bullets peirce through his chest and he falls to the ground with a single tear running down his face as he looks to his wife and says his last words ‘‘ I love you. Tell the kids goodbye.’’
She looks at him with loving eyes and tears rolling down her face she says ‘’ No don’t leave me I need you Please come back to me.’’
She watches as he gasps for air and takes his last breath. Then out from nowhere Angela gets grabbed by two police men as they tell her’’ Its not safe here we need to get you out of here now.’’ They drag her while she is kicking and screaming back to safety. She sits there on the cold ground covered in her husbands blood. She lays on the ground curled up in a ball crying. She then whispers to herself that it is all her fault. Everyone get rushed to the hospital to get checked out but Angela goes home.
She sneaks off finds her car and drives to her parents house where the kids are. She sits down on the couch still sobbing and she says softly to the children that daddy isn’t coming home. Then Maddie looks at her mom and she understands but Lucas doesn’t get it he thinks daddy is at a sleepover. So he just goes on playing games and Maddie sits next to her mother and starts to cry so heavily. Then Lucas looks at them and he knows that this is bad so he starts asking questions about where his daddy is. She doesn’t answer. So he just sits there trying to understand. He doesn’t so he just hugs them and says daddy will be home soon don’t worry. Then Angela looks at him and says yeah he will.
It has been six months since the death of John although for some reason they never found his body. And Angela is in the hospital welcoming a new child into the world. It is a boy so she names him John. Then they go on with there lives the children getting older and Angela becoming sadder and less aware of life.
Five years have now passed and Angela has a huge whole in her heart just working to the bone to get food on the table for her kids. She then was watching the news and it showed a man who was being held captive by the shooter. And she starts crying as she realizes it is John. She doesn’t know what to do or say she gets her mom to watch the kids as she goes to the hospital that they say he is being held at and slowly walks into the room to see John hooked up to tubes and wires. She sits down next to him.
She just balls her eyes out as she whispers in his ear about the last year’’ We have a son. He looks so much like you and Maddie plays soccer now and Lucas plays junior football. Little John likes to play hide and seek. He just started school he loves it. He doesn’t understand when Lucas and Maddie talk about you but they miss you so you need to come back to me please.’’
After some time Angela falls asleep on his bed and while she was asleep John wakes up and taps Angela on the head. ‘’ Hey what are you doing asleep it is 2 in the afternoon.’’
She looks up at him and tears just pour from her face as she runs to get a doctor. They both walk into the room to see to see John just sitting there watching football like nothing has changed. They both get released the next day and Angela walks into the house and sees the kids watching tv while little John sits on the floor playing with his toys.
Maddie gets up and walks to the door and sees Angela and says ‘’ Where were you?’’ then Angela just smiles and steps aside so that Maddie can see her father standing there behind her. She runs into his arms and hugs him and clings to him with dear life as if she didn’t want him to disappear. Then Lucas comes around the corner to see what all the noise was and he sees his father and grabs him almost hugging the life out of him. With tears rolling down their face they all walk inside and they see little John playing by the tv. He looks up to see everyone hugging a stranger to him.
He looks and says ‘’ Mama is this your friend.’’ she laughs as the tears roll down her face. ‘’ No, baby its not.’’
Then little john walks over to him and says ‘’ Well, if your not mama’s friend then does that make you a stranger cause i’m not supposed to talk to strangers.’’
Then John kneels down in front of him and opens his arms and says ‘’come here.’’
Little John looks at mama for approval and mama nods her head yes. Little John then walks over and goes to the man and he gives him the biggest hug possible. John stands up and holds his son in his arms and little john looks at the man and says ‘’ You are my daddy aren’t you.’’
John looks at him with a single tear rolling down his face as he says ‘’ Yes, I’m your daddy. I had to go away for a while but i’m back now and i’m not going anywhere.’’
Little john lays his head on his daddy’s chest as he yawned and fell asleep. John then walks to his bedroom and places him on his bed. Then walks to the living room. ‘’ Well isn’t it your bedtime too.’’
The kids laugh as they look at their dad. ‘’ No, dad we don’t go to sleep until 9 only John goes to bed at 7.’’ Maddie says. John laughs as he says ‘’ Well when i left you guys were 9 and 7.”
Everyone laughs and time goes by quickly as it hits 9 o’clock and the children head to bed ‘’ Hey, dad when we wake up you will still be here right?’’ says maddie as she gets in her bed and John nods yes as he kisses her on the forehead and closes her door.
A month went by and so much has changed. Dad has a job, mom stays home, the children love their new life but the place they live is still reminding them of the lost time. So John comes home one day and says ‘’ Pack everything we are moving’’. Angela and John had been talking and they wanted to move to California. So that day they packed up everything got in the car and they leave. Angela looks back to see the Vegas sign and she kisses her husband and the children look out the window as the Vegas sign gets smaller and smaller until eventually it disappears. This was the last of their Vegas.