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Meg Takes Charge – Flash Fiction

The following flash fiction was written in response to a challenge over at Carrot Ranch.  In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story in which a character takes charge. Who is this character, and what situation calls for their action? It can be playful or serious, fantastical, or realistic. Go where the prompt leads!

March 26 flash fiction


Ian was running a high fever, had a scratchy throat, and had lost his sense of taste.

“Ian, I think you should go to the hospital and get checked out.”

“What good will it do? Honestly, Meg, I’m far better off here with you.”

“Well you have the symptoms of Covid-19 and if you have the virus, I may have it too. I think it would be the responsible thing for you to go. Behind the hospital they have drive-up testing set up, you don’t even have to go in. Now get your coat on, we’re going right now.”

© Susan Zutautas 2020



8 Comments Post a comment
  1. There’s something worrisome about seeing characters you like with symptoms! If only we all could go get tested, but we also have a shortage of personal protective equipment to keep medical workers safe.

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    April 1, 2020
  2. The take charge types in families are having to marshall the others regarding responsible behaviors.
    But yeah, she likely has it too. Genre = Fantasy if they can get testing while vertical.

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    March 31, 2020
  3. There are times you just have to put your foot down and demand someone do the right thing. Excellent story!

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    March 30, 2020
  4. At least, in your story, the testing is available. It’s a bit slow in coming to many areas in the States, a fact that just seems unbelievable to me.

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    March 30, 2020
    • Bill, our local hospital announced a few weeks ago that they had a drive-thru testing at the back of the hospital. I doubt that it’s still there.


      March 30, 2020

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