They nicknamed it ‘Christmas Island’ after the notorious isle off the coast of Australia that had been used to quarantine people centuries ago.
An area the size of Wyoming, shrouded in winter.
No one knew how long the lockdown would last. Food and medicine parcels were parachuted in, but supplies were dwindling.
Paranoia abounded. A slight sniffle and the perpetrator was marched away by the authorities. Houses were sealed up, families split, loved ones separated.
The death toll was unknown. It would take years to determine the final number.
Around the world headlines screamed the news: ‘INFLUENZA RETURNS’.
Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).
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