Flash Fiction #277

PHOTO PROMPT © Lisa Fox

FORTRESS MENTALITY

With the advent of COVID, Bruce’s neuroses finally became useful.  Social distancing?  Check!  He was a loner, something of a sociopath.  No physical contact?  Check!  He didn’t like to be touched.  Disinfecting?  Mr. Germaphobe carried his own hand sanitizer and wipes.

Work from home?  He was a ‘Prepper’ who’d bought this bunker of an old stone barn and was fixing it up.  He’d laid in a ton of government-surplus dried foods.  The windmill pumped water through filters, and supported a satellite dish for phone and internet.  The roof was solid solar cells.

“Call me when it’s safe to come out.”

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29 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #277

  1. Rivergirl says:

    I know quite a few people like that. They’re perfectly happy to social distance.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Count me in. I held up a mirror and saw the template for my protagonist. I refuse to own a cell-phone. My dentist’s door says Call us from the parking lot, and we’ll escort you in. I march right in.
      You’re supposed to call.
      You should have seen the look when I told them I don’t have a phone. 🙂

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      • Rivergirl says:

        You. Don’t. Have. A. Cell. Phone? 😳
        I seriously couldn’t function without one now..

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      • Archon's Den says:

        The wife has one, the son has one, the daughter has one. If I go somewhere, usually, one of them is with me. If I go out alone, I don’t have a cell phone because…. the wife has one, the son has one, and the daughter has one. I know you’re going to Taco Bell for lunch, but could you stop at the paint store?
        No! Have them deliver. 😳

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  2. Haha! knew all that prepping would come in handy! Good tale!

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  3. oneta hayes says:

    All that preparing and nothing happened. What a waste of life!

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  4. Love the story. Fits with the times. And a side of humour (or perhaps not). Love it.
    It has been a long time since I’ve written on Friday Fictioneers. You’re tempting me Archon!

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  5. Bill says:

    Fun read. It will never be safe to come out. 🙂

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    • Archon's Den says:

      There are degrees of acceptable danger. COVID is almost spent. Distracted drivers can kill more people, but I think that the majority have just HAD it with mandates and lockdowns 🙂

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      • Bill says:

        I don’t know. I got my shots and still wear a mask when I think it is prudent. 🙂

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      • Archon's Den says:

        As do I, but there are many whose patience is frayed. This recent “Freedom Convoy” was a farce. They agree that it is a good idea to be vaccinated – but don’t want to be told that they have to, – for the safety of others. 😯

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      • If vaccines helped that would be sensible but as they don’t and never have (although I used to think otherwise until I checked properly), I neither want to be told I have to or indeed obviously to have them.

        As vaccines are neuro-toxic, if there is anything in them as people will sell nothing for something, I wish to avoid them like the plague.

        Besides. the NHS kindly gave me imuuno-therapy at great expense because of their misdiagnosis and which has probably added to my previous current physical health issues. Ingredients (which are rather difficult to find amongst the clutter of potential side effects), similar to vaccines.

        If you like playing Russian roulette with your body, go ahead. One of the chambers may contain the bullet.

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  6. James McEwan says:

    Damn–did he forget the Nuclear Threat. He should have built the refuge underground.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      If Putin goes nuclear, it may be beyond him – and most of us. 😯
      My city has a fallout bunker on the outskirts, built in the ’60s, big enough for 50 men – and 5 women. 😳 It’s going to cost $2 million just to keep it from becoming an dangerous nuisance, and $4.5 million to rebuild. Citizens are rightly concerned that the money could be better spent on housing the homeless, or education. 🙂

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  7. Margaret says:

    I like his style. And I suspect he’ll never go back.

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  8. msjadeli says:

    Archon, I get the urge to do just that more often than not as time goes on. Thank goodness my grandbaby keeps me from sealing myself in.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I’m reading a Sci-Fi book right now, where telepathy is thrust upon the unprepared population. Results include catatonia, unrestrained anger, shame, and confusion.
      This is how I view today’s connected generation, with their ubiquitous smart phones. Insanity (and unsanity) is contagious. We all need some Me Space, to go with our Me Time. 😀

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  9. Archon, I don’t own a cell phone either. Let’s not call each other sometime this year.

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  10. Selamün aleyküm en etkili dualar kanalıma rica etsem abone olurmusunuz

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