Long Live Rock and Roll

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Four kids surrounded their grandfather as he began to speak from behind his mask.  “Back when I was a kid we used to go to something called a concert.  The singer wouldn’t be on a screen somewhere, they would be on a stage in front of thousands of fans that were all packed tightly in the same building.   And nobody wore masks.”

The children seemed appalled and hands went up to their masks and the younger girl said, “But what about the epidemic?”

“This was back before all the deadly viruses had been exposed to the public.   We would yell and scream and sing along with the music.  There was sometimes even dancing going on.  The lights would flash bright colors and the sound would echo through the auditorium.  Each new song would whip the fans into a hysterical frenzy of more screaming and clapping and stomping their feet.  It was a rush like no other.”

“Grandpa,” the oldest boy said.  “Would that ever happen now?”

“No John, there are just too many deadly diseases being spread around.  It all started with Covid-19 and we have been masked and mostly isolated ever since.”

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – hysterical

At Rope’s End

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“Are you really feeling that way?  Like you might snap at the next customer?”

“Yes, I am so sick of Covid and their insistence that they are fine without a mask or the fact most of them don’t know how to wear them right.  Then they ask me to wipe down the register… if they were really that concerned about it, they would wear their damn masks.”

“Listen, don’t jeopardize your job over a bunch of idiots.  Just keep wearing your mask and staying as far away as you can.  This can’t last forever.”

“It feels like it already has.”

(100 words)

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – jeopardize