Shutters down, windows boarded up, phone disconnected.

Four months since the lockdown began, enough food and toilet paper for another year.

Tap, tap, tap. What is it? She won’t risk finding out.

Until then, she will stay in the basement.


Agnes knocked on the door again.

‘Let’s go,’ said Archie.

‘It’s been two weeks, she could be lying dead in there.’

Not the worst outcome, thought Archie, remembering the endless gossiping whenever Agnes and Sylvia got together.

‘She probably went on holiday as soon as the lockdown was lifted, you know what she’s like.’

Agnes tried to peer in a covered window, ‘Alright, we’ll try again next week.’

Copyright Douglas M. McIlroy

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more detailsย HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this weekโ€™s prompt, visitย HERE.

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90 responses to “LOCKDOWN”

  1. I’m not sure if this is funny or sad.
    Reminded me of the tale of Japanese soldiers in the jungle years after the war was over,
    I like the two different POVs, not easy to do in 100 words.

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    • Thanks CE, I think it’s a bit sad and a bit funny, and that’s okay. Much like the real life situation we find ourselves in – desperately sad and worrying, but we need a bit of humour to help get through.


  2. Always worth keeping an eye on Twitter for the latest news… ๐Ÿ™‚ Great take on the prompt, Iain. Though the mystery needs to be solved – where did she get a year’s worth of loo roll from?

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  3. I love the added realism of the year’s supply of toilet paper. I recall in Nevile Shute’s On The Beach there is a broken shade that has fallen across a telegraph key so it sends random signals from a dead place. Much of this situation reminds me of that book. Well done.

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  4. O Archie, were is your soul. The term toilet paper reminded me of a time now long ago, when I used to help cut newspaper into squares then string them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. The paranoia could be just as dangerous as the virus depending on how people respond. If disaster movies have taught us anything, it’s that people are capable of doing some crazy shit. I think Sylvia on the lighter side of that. She’ll eventually figure it out and be all right.

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  6. This is really good, Iain. You make it clear by implication what Sylvia has done, and how that has puzzled her family (daughter plus husband I suspect). The writing is so clear and effortless it’s a delight to read.

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  7. I slipped a note under a neighbour’s door and wondered at the mail adding up in his mail slot, thank goodness, my thoughts were correct, he high-tailed it out of dodge to quieter realms…we also have a large black crow that we’ve nick-named, Knock-Knock as he comes right up to our windows and you guessed it, “knocks’! Your flash fiction sure echoes my real life at the moment, Lol!

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  8. Seems to me she could very well end up dead in the basement! What a terrible way to live one’s life.

    Iain, I got slowed down in reading your book. I’m over halfway now and should finish it this week. I have to say that I’m very impressed with the technical writing, weapons, robotics, communications and so on. You’ve truly created a whole new universe ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also enjoying the characters as I’ve gotten them all sorted out. Their loyalty to their captain, their personal relationships, and how much more human Aja is becoming as the story moves on. It’s really good. Extremely good ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Aw, thank you Linda, I really love to hear such positive feedback. Hope the rest of the book lives up to expectations. I’m making good progress with the third and final one, so you have probably timed it quite well ๐Ÿ™‚

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