JusJoJan — Flue Season

8cd89527-9257-4dd3-8618-0e1c19ed28f4“Barry just flew in from the west coast,” Nancy told her mother on the phone, “and he has the flu.”

“Oh that’s awful,” Nancy’s mother said. “Well it is flu season. Does he have a fever?”

“Yes, and a sore throat and the chills too,” Nancy said. “I’m going to give him a cup of hot Theraflu with some honey in it to drink. Then I’m going to wrap him with a blanket and sit with him, the poor man, in front of the fire.”

“Don’t forget to open the flue, dear,” her mother said. “Do you remember when you father, rest his soul, almost burned down the house because he started a fire and forgot to open the flue?”

“Um, Mom,” Nancy said, “how many times do I have to tell you that we have a ventless gas fireplace? There is no flue.”

Written for today’s Just Jot It January prompt from Linda G. Hill. Today’s prompt words are “flew/flu/flue” and were suggested by M. Oniker over at WTF Am I On About Now? Click here to find her most recent post.

I Told You So

“You’re not going to work today, are you?” she asked.

“Of course I’m going to work,” he answered. “Why wouldn’t I? It’s Thursday. It’s a workday.”

“Listen to yourself,” she said. “You’re sneezing, you’re coughing, your nose is running, you have a fever. How can you possibly go to work?”

“I have to,” he said. “I have a critical meeting today that will determine the future of the project I’ve spent the past four months working on.”

“Can’t you work from home,” she asked. “You know, do one of those webinar things that I’ve seen you do sometimes.”

“No, this meeting is too important.”

“Important enough for you to go in and possibly infect all of your coworkers with this horrible cold? Maybe you can reschedule it.”

“Yes, it’s that important. And no, I can’t reschedule it.”

He left for the office a few minutes later. Four hours later he walked through the door.

“You’re home early,” she said. “How did your presentation go?”

“It was going great,” he answered. “Until I vomited all over the conference room table.”

She smiled and said, “I don’t want to say I told you so, but….”

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “infect.”