The Prophecy of Masks - Flash Fiction.

Updated on February 24, 2020
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Nell is a writer and author. With over 300 articles, and three novels in print. She is also interested in current topics in the news.

Crowd wearing #masks. #coronaviruspandemic
Crowd wearing #masks. #coronaviruspandemic

It was the Masks that did it.

I have always been claustrophobic, so suddenly seeing all those people wearing face masks made me gasp and panic.

. Some wore normal medical masks, others wore full-face plastic masks, with small eye holes, so you could just see a flash of their iris, then gone.

Creepy, unsettling, and downright terrifying.

I took a deep breath and looked around.
Where the Hell was I?

Or was I, in fact, in Hell?
Huge flames shot up in the distance. The wail of ambulances mixed with police cars assaulted my ears.
Some people were running, but others were just aimlessly walking around in circles.

The look of despair in their eyes, caused an icy cold to rush down my back.

I spun around, trying desperately to see where I was.

But nothing seemed familiar.

Suddenly the sound of a tannoy hit my ears.

Go home! Stay indoors! You must get off of the street now, it is spreading far to quickly we cannot stop it. You must go home!'
In my panic, I started to run. But I didn't know where to go.

I knew there was something, or somebody I needed to find. To protect. But my mind wouldn't let me get past the horror seen on so many faces.

Their eyes, black behind the plastic, still shone with fear.

Then I remembered.
Janice, my daughter!
How could I forget her? I had to get home, and quickly.

But my legs felt like they were running through treacle.
I ran, and ran, puffing and breathless.
let me get home....let me......

I suddenly shot up. I was so hot. sweat ran down my face.

Awakened from the nightmare by the bedroom door being slung open, my daughter Janice stood there shouting, 'Daddy, we are going to be late! I have to get to school!'
The door closed, and with a sigh of relief, I realized that what I had just experienced was a horrible nightmare.
Only a dream. Thank God.
Getting up I headed into the bathroom, turned on the shower, and quickly washed. Getting out, I reached for the tv remote.
" The Corona Virus is spreading around the globe. It is possibly going to be a pandemic. We have to......."
I froze,.then I began to shake.

Man having a nightmare
Man having a nightmare

The Coronavirus.

We are in the middle of a possible Pandemic. The virus that started in China is now spreading worldwide. And nobody really knows how to control it. We always believed that in our modern society we would be able to cope.

But they forgot one thing.

We have Planes that travel around the world every single day. Ships, trains, cars, and buses. And all those things mean the virus can transport from country to country.

We presumed that with all our medical knowledge we could knock it on its head straight away. But making a vaccine takes time.

We will do what we can, but sometimes the smallest thing can catch us out.

Wash your hands. Buy a mask. And keep your fingers crossed.

On the subject of Masks, they have been used for centuries to protect us from plagues and illnesses. Of course, they never worked back then because we didn't have the knowledge of germs and viruses. Hopefully, this time around we will use them wisely.

Of course, the virus can be spread through ways that they haven't even thought of yet.

What about money? Every single time you buy something, you are using paper or coin money. Passed from hand to hand, it's the biggest germ carrier of all.

Hopefully, this virus will soon be stopped. Till then we have to wait and see.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Nell Rose


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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      So true Flourish, its a horrible time isn't it?

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      3 months ago from USA

      What was a nightmare has become real. All those masks! They are hot, stuffy and uncomfortable but sure are better than the alternative.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      Hi Lawrence, good to see you! And yes I totally agree with you. I had forgotten I wrote it. Thanks as always.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      4 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      This was a great story, and one with a message!

      But at the same time, we should never let our fears rule us.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 months ago from England

      Thanks Peggy, you stay safe too. And hopefully they will find a vaccine soon.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      This is such a timely subject, Nell. The coronavirus is still spreading, and every day we get a higher count in the U.S. of people infected, and sadly, an update on deaths. Many companies have canceled travel plans for their employees, which is a reasonable precaution. The airlines will be suffering a significant financial loss. Many other companies will as well since our world is so interconnected concerning supplies of things and where they are made. Stay safe!

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      Nell Rose 

      5 months ago from England

      Me to Shauna! I just wish people would take it seriously and not go scooting off on vacation, then moan when they get told to self isolate! thanks as always.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 months ago from England

      Thank you manatita, glad you liked it.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 months ago from England

      Thanks Eddy, always good to see you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      Nell, the American Center for Disease Control is now saying it's not a matter of if, but when the virus hits America. In fact, our government has reallocated $1.25 billion and is looking for $1.25 billion more just to buy masks, as there are not enough available to the populace.

      I'm holding my breath, crossing fingers and toes, that we don't experience the horror. Over eighty million people have been affected worldwide. Thousands have died and the numbers are growing.

      I'm ready to wake up from this nightmare!

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      5 months ago from london

      Scary! You have done a very topical piece and given it the pace and movement it deserves. A grim, potentially terrifying piece but told extremely well. A sweet plot.

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      5 months ago from Wales

      A great read on a scary subject but I do agree that the media as always are blowing things up out of all proportions as always. However let us hope that things do calm down. Great work Nell.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 months ago from England

      Thanks Linda, yes the coronavirus is horrible, fingers crossed it will be over soon.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting story, Nell. I love the way in which you linked fiction with reality. I hope the coronavirus situation improves soon. We'll have to see what happens.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 months ago from England

      Thanks Meg and Ruby, lol! yes can you imagine? I am not sure why they are going mad over it, definitely something going on we don't know about. But good for finding a story! Thanks as always.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      My hands are raw from scrubbing, just kidding! I know we have a problem, but I think the news are going overboard. What a scary dream!

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      5 months ago from Northern Ireland

      And stay away from crowded places! Great story, just catches the current fears.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 months ago from England

      Thanks Devika and Kari. Yes wash hands, and wear a mask if necessary. I have direct neighbour who is just about to come back from Thailand! I am planning on spraying him with disinfectant! lol!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      5 months ago from Ohio

      I am waiting to see what happens. I am of the feeling that the virus will spread and become a pandemic. I just hope it is not as deadly as the Spanish Flu was in 1918. Remember, the number 1 way to prevent infection is to wash your hands often.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Amazing! Corona virus is not a pleasant thing to happen and affects economy as well. An interesting and great way to get he message across.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 months ago from England

      Thanks everyone. Yes it is a horrible thing, and I hope it fizzles out as quickly as it has appeared. Thanks all for reading.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I like you story and think this article is very good as we are fearing the coronavirus. We sure don't know when it will be contained. I wish China would tell the truth also.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      5 months ago from United Kingdom

      You make a good point, Nell, about money. It's so much a part of our day-to-day life, you just don't think about it. I think I'm gonna go wash my hands now.

      Thanks for a good story, Nell.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Well written and thoughtful, considering the present scenario of Coronavirus.

      I just wish and hope, that very soon the remedy to this problem is found and this dreaded disease is eliminated from everywhere.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A well-woven and scary tale, Nell. This virus seems to be on everyone’s worry list. Let’s hope they find a way to control it soon. I enjoyed the read.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 months ago from England

      Thanks Lorna, yes it is a real nightmare isn't it? Thanks as always.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 months ago

      Well written Nell and I like how you have made your comparisons between the nightmare and the nightmare which is now reality. I enjoyed this read.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 months ago from England

      Thanks Eric, glad you liked it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very good write, thank you.

      Your point on money is so spot on.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 months ago from England

      Thanks Bill, yes it's pretty scary isn't it? And of course I have to write about it, lol!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very timely story, Nell. Let's hope we get a handle on this virus sooner rather than later.


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