Blue screen of death

March 27 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about something impossibly blue. You can go with sky or any other object. What impact does the color have on the setting or characters? Does it lead to action or create a pause? Go where the prompt leads!


Impatiently, she stared at the screen as her laptop installed the latest update. She had a lot of pending work but her device had to be updated before she could work on it.

The final restart indicated that it was now ready to be used, but all of a sudden it just turned blue! Impossible! she screamed, how can this be happening to me?

Mom! she yelled loudly, my computer has updated but not working, how will I get my assignments done?

Oh no!, you’ll have to uninstall the update!” her mom said as she walked into her room.


Word count; 99

In response to Six Sentence Story- Screen, hosted by Denise

Also included; 99 Word Story, hosted by Charli Mills of The carrot Ranch




62 thoughts on “Blue screen of death

  1. Oh, the panic! Dare I say out loud I’ve only had 1 experience with the blue screen.
    Reminds me how reliant we are, especially the younger generation, on “computers”. Would young people even know how to “do their homework” without one?!

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    1. Thanks Denise! When I was using Windows, this was a frequent occurrence. Now I mostly use my phone and that only had an issue once.
      Some kids are also ‘made to’ work with pen and paper here so hopefully they’ll be able to work without a computer for some tasks. But I don’t think they’ll be able to research in a library, instead of Google 😂

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  2. Ah… I remember ‘those’… Thankfully I haven’t seen one in years.
    Maybe the updates are different somehow? Sometimes older computers can’t handle newer updates.

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      1. My hubby has also installed good protection programs. In all our ‘computer’ years… we have only been ‘disabled’ twice by hackers. But we were able to stop them in their tracks… And I am careful about what I open.

        I don’t open any emails from folks I don’t know or who have forwarded chain mail type stuff.

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