Spring Break

March 18, 2020 at 11:33 am 39 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 20 March 2020

J. Hardy Carroll
Photo Credit: J. Hardy Carroll

 
Ashley was cleaning out her dorm when her best friend stopped by.

“We’re having a spring break party at the diner,” she said. “I want you to come.”

“I thought we’re told to practice social distancing.”

“Don’t be a party pooper. This pandemic can’t stop us from partying.”

Reluctantly, Ashley joined and didn’t regret it. She had a lot of fun.

Upon arriving home, Ashley was excited to see her grandmother again. “I miss you, Nana,” she said and gave her a big hug.

A few days later, Nana was rushed to the hospital when she started developing pneumonia-like symptoms.

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  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  March 18, 2020 at 11:56 am

    A lesson for us all to take heed of.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  March 18, 2020 at 5:18 pm

      iain:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 3. Na'ama Yehuda  |  March 18, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    That’s reality for ya

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  • 6. Dale  |  March 18, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    And there’s the rub…. the younger generation don’t take this seriously and are the cause of much of the spread.

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    • 7. plaridel  |  March 18, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      dale:

      i think they feel invincible and disregard the risk.

      Reply
      • 8. Dale  |  March 18, 2020 at 5:35 pm

        They do. I k,now my boys do!

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        • 9. plaridel  |  March 19, 2020 at 10:40 am

          dale:

          i hope they don’t get sick. that’s all you can do.

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          • 10. Dale  |  March 19, 2020 at 11:17 am

            They won’t. We are good.

            Reply
            • 11. plaridel  |  March 20, 2020 at 9:41 am

              dale:

              that’s nice to know. still, be on guard and careful at all times.

              Reply
  • 12. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  March 18, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Social distancing is needed… I still hope Nana makes it.

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    • 13. plaridel  |  March 18, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      björn:

      ashley be devastated if nana doesn’t get well.

      Reply
  • 14. neilmacdon  |  March 18, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    A timely cautionary tale. The point of isolating ourselves is largely to protect others

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    • 15. plaridel  |  March 18, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      neil:

      that’s the point that some are missing. if we don’t come together, our health system will be overwhelmed and many will die.

      Reply
  • 16. msjadeli  |  March 18, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    A chilling and realistic portrayal of current events. The incubation stage is 14-27 days. There is a case about 20 miles from here. The woman has not traveled, so her case is being called community contracted. She estimates her “close circle of friends” at 50.

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    • 17. plaridel  |  March 19, 2020 at 10:40 am

      msjadeli:

      it’s going to be worse before it gets better. even trump has changed its tune lately.

      Reply
      • 18. msjadeli  |  March 19, 2020 at 10:48 am

        UGH. weeks/months of enforced isolation is going to be emotionally devastating for many economically disastrous for all (except the 1% of course)

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        • 19. plaridel  |  March 20, 2020 at 9:41 am

          msjadeli:

          we’ll get through it. keep your fingers crossed. 🙂

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          • 20. msjadeli  |  March 20, 2020 at 9:57 am

            I hope so!

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            • 21. plaridel  |  March 21, 2020 at 3:27 pm

              msjadeli:

              my sentiment exactly. 🙂

              Reply
  • 22. rochellewisoff  |  March 19, 2020 at 6:09 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    A very timely piece. This is a great time to catch up on reading, writing and painting, isn’t it? Stay safe and well.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 23. plaridel  |  March 19, 2020 at 10:40 am

      rochelle:

      if there’s a silver lining, that would be it.

      Reply
  • 24. michaelwynnauthor  |  March 19, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Serious message well illustrated. Let’s hope it doesn’t last too long

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    • 25. plaridel  |  March 19, 2020 at 10:39 am

      mick:

      i hope so too.

      Reply
  • 26. Keith's Ramblings  |  March 19, 2020 at 8:50 am

    There will be quite a few situations like this I’m sure.

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    • 27. plaridel  |  March 19, 2020 at 10:39 am

      keith:

      i hope you’re right although authorities say the flattening of the pandemic curve hasn’t been reached yet.

      Reply
  • 28. Alicia Jamtaas  |  March 19, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    I do believe so many young people “don’t get it.” You captured that so well in 100-words.

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    • 29. plaridel  |  March 20, 2020 at 9:41 am

      alicia:

      sadly, some folks completely disregard the possibility that their reckless behaviour are putting the most vulnerable at risk.

      Reply
  • 30. draliman  |  March 20, 2020 at 1:13 am

    It’s our elderly relatives we need to protect, even if we’re not so worried about ourselves.

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    • 31. plaridel  |  March 20, 2020 at 9:40 am

      draliman:

      you’re absolutely right.

      Reply
  • 32. pennygadd51  |  March 20, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    A cautionary tale, Plaridel. You’re spot-on; a lot of people simply can’t imagine the consequences of their actions, even when they’ve been told repeatedly.

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    • 33. plaridel  |  March 21, 2020 at 3:27 pm

      penny:

      sadly, it’s the me me me generation that we’re dealing here.

      Reply
  • 34. Tannille  |  March 21, 2020 at 12:49 am

    Chilling. I’ve heard parents are struggling with their teens who want to go out.

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    • 35. plaridel  |  March 21, 2020 at 3:24 pm

      tannille:

      teens love their individual freedom and right to do as they please.

      Reply
  • 36. granonine  |  March 21, 2020 at 10:09 am

    But since Nana was a wise old girl, she’d kept herself strong and healthy. She recovered and lived many more years. Ashley eventually got over the guilt, and decided it was time to be a responsible adult 🙂

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    • 37. plaridel  |  March 21, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      linda:

      that’ll swell. i love happy ending. 🙂

      Reply
  • 38. Mike  |  March 23, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    At first the authorities painted a too optimistic picture about younger individuals not needing to worry, that was a mistake. Your story put the record right, well done

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    • 39. plaridel  |  March 25, 2020 at 9:06 am

      mike:

      i read in the news about young folks getting it and some had already died.

      Reply

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