FFfPP — The City That Never Sleeps

B19993E0-B6B9-4A30-8C80-C0A970C02194“They called it the city that never sleeps,” Jessica said.

“‘Called’ being the operative word,” Hal said as he and his wife walked the empty streets of Manhattan. “Now it’s dark and desolate.”

“Do you remember the last time we were here?” Jessica asked. “Back in the Before Times?”

Hal pulled out his smartphone and showed her a photo. “We took this one from our hotel room,” he said. “The city was all lit up and was teeming with people.”

Jessica put her head in her hands and started sobbing. “This is so sad and it was preventable.”

Hal grabbed Jessica’s hand and squeezed. “The city had turned the corner and the pandemic was seemingly defeated,” he said. “But then the President, in the name of rebooting the economy, opened everything up again, suspended social distancing, and told people to go congregate. ‘It’s time to return to normal,’ he insisted.”

“And the virus returned with a vengeance,” Jessica said. “It was out of control and two-thirds of the population perished. The government collapsed, anarchy ensued, and our once great cities are empty and in ruins.”

“All due to the ego of last president of this once great nation,” Hal lamented.

(200 words)


Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner from Roger Shipp. Photo credit: Morguefile.com.

12 thoughts on “FFfPP — The City That Never Sleeps

  1. Sadje April 15, 2020 / 4:44 pm

    This is so frightening. A possible scenario too. 🙃☹️

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  2. Marleen April 15, 2020 / 5:33 pm

    … and it was preventable.

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  3. annieasksyou April 15, 2020 / 7:52 pm

    We just can’t go there, Mr Fandango. One day at a time. He’ll change his mind at the last minute.

    But some of these southern governors…and the marching fascists in Michigan…

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    • Marleen April 15, 2020 / 10:01 pm

      There’s a governor somewhat reminiscent of Representative Michele Bachmann (of Minnesota) in North Dakota right now, too. And she’s ignoring the crazy outbreak in her state. And a legislature in Pennsylvania wants to undermine their governor. I just saw and heard the news about Michigan immediately after I read your mention, Annie.

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        • annieasksyou April 16, 2020 / 4:22 am

          Yes, Marleen; she’s the one. Even as the mayor of Sioux Falls, where they had to close the Smithfield pork plant because so many were sick, pleaded for help, she responded with a trumpian “You’re on your own.” Shameful, and if we don’t act nationally, we’ll never see the end of this.

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          • Marleen April 16, 2020 / 10:37 am

            Also Trumpian, what she talks about is getting the plant back open again — with no intervening plan to address the people, sick and not sick, in her state.

            That’s a state where they’re running an experiment to try and prove that the drug Trump has named over and over could decrease chances of getting the disease.

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    • Fandango April 15, 2020 / 11:32 pm

      “But some of these southern governors…and the marching fascists in Michigan…” Oh don’t get me started! 😡

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  4. leigha66 April 17, 2020 / 12:04 am

    This is some scary stuff… good story, frightening, but good!

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