Flash Fiction #221

Corona

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

FEAR SELLS

Danger! Danger, all about
Run in circles! Scream and shout!

Dig a hole, and pull it in after you.

‘Dog bites man’ doesn’t sell.
‘Man bites dog’ sells.

A man shoots up a brewery. Five are killed. Eight are wounded. What’s on the news?
One person in the US died of the corona virus.”

A man in Philadelphia is found with three assault rifles, a sniper rifle, three handguns, and 20,000 rounds of ammunition – and a cruise ship is refused docking in three countries because one crewman has the sniffles.

Stock up two weeks’ worth, and don’t leave the house.

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Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site – apply hand sanitizer when you arrive, and again when you leave – and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

Friday Fictioneers

Sorry! Once again, this is not so much Fiction, as sad reality – a truncated rant about how we are distracted, and distract ourselves, from far more important things. (Has Khloe Kardashian released a new makeup line?) Even firearms fatalities, as unfortunate and heart-wrenching as they may be, are massaged and manipulated. Ten times as many people are killed in traffic accidents, as in gun deaths, yet we hear no hue and cry to ban automobiles, outlaw Hummers, or confiscate pickup trucks.

Eh?? Did you have a comment? I wasn’t paying attention. ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes died when his steam rocket crashed.

24 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #221

  1. draliman says:

    Never mind viruses and firearms etc, the big question going round these parts right now is whether the post-EU British passport is really classic blue or actually just black. Very important debate, that.

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  2. Rivergirl says:

    You’d netter stop blogging and run to the store for antiseptic spray and hand sanitizer before it’s too late! And if they’re out of masks? Use your wife’s thong!
    😈

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    • Archon's Den says:

      It’s too late. They’re all sold out. That’s why the shelves are empty.
      Could I use the girlfriend’s thong?? 😉 😕
      I saw a cartoon of a his/hers mask – a couple in (I hope) her bra. 😆

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  3. JAMES R WHEELER says:

    Since 2010 the number of USA deaths from the flu has ranged from 10,000 to 61,000 per year, according to the CDC. It will be interesting if the COVID-19 panic somehow reduces the flu numbers this year.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Earlier in the week, I thought, ‘We’re safe, because we don’t go out much.’
      Wednesday, we took the daughter to the Costco nearest the two Universities. Every second face was Asian, and half of them were masked. 😯 Thursday, I drove the daughter to her doctor’s office. People came in coughing, though some were masked. 😦 Today we went to our Osteopath. The patient leaving, had coughs and sniffles, and the doctor personally knows the local woman in quarantine, after returning from Italy. 👿
      The “few” places we go, are all nodes of possible infection. 😥

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  4. Yes, many real dangers ignored and a strange focus on trivial matters. My kids’ school is shut down for a month because of Coronavirus. I think we are more in danger of a world-wide economic collapse because of FEAR of Coronavirus than we are of the virus itself.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Indeed! Fear is a crippler. In one of Tom Clancy’s books, the hero states that the Economy works…. because we believe it works. Take away that belief, and we are all in great danger. 😦

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  5. I hear you…same stupid thing in my part of the woods. And I am truly worried that it seems people didn’t wash their hands before all this.

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  6. James McEwan says:

    Is this a basic human flaw – being doomsayers?

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  7. Rivergirl says:

    Wife, girlfriend… grab whatever thong is closest.
    😉

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  8. susanmehr says:

    Sad, but so true. Don’t worry coffee is still available.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I’m good on the coffee front. I don’t drink it. I might sprinkle a bit of that freeze-dried stuff into my hot chocolate. I’ve got enough of that for the rest of my life…. oh…..wait. 😳 😉

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  9. Russell says:

    Sadly, we’ve got somewhere around 18,000 dead from the regular old flu here in the US, but all I hear about is the few people infected with Corona. I’ll not say to take it lightly, but geez! I guess the normal old flu just isn’t exciting enough to report on.

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  10. Liz Young says:

    More people die of cancer than will die of Covid19. We need to retain a sense of proportion.

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  11. Mike says:

    I am going to hibernate until common sense returns, I hope it will !

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