FOR OUR OWN GOOD

The bars appeared overnight. We didn’t notice until Bill left the house for work and walked smack into them outside the front door.

The Presidential decree came soon after. Lockdown again, only this one enforced by steel cages. A strong rebuke: until we could all learn to behave for the greater good, we’ll remain behind bars.

‘They can’t do this!’ screamed social media in post after post. But they could and they did. I can’t say I disagree: we’re useless when left to personal responsibility.

Drones dropped food parcels and medicine instead of bombs, so that made a nice change.

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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).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

61 responses to “FOR OUR OWN GOOD”

  1. Nice play on words. Iain. Ahh, those days of lockdown. How I miss them. The hope that when we came out the other side it would all be so different.

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    1. It is different, unfortunately in a bad way… Thanks Neil

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  2. A very nice story Iain

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    1. Thanks Sadje πŸ™‚

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  3. Nobody likes to be in cage. Good story

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  4. Dear Iain,

    Prison, no matter how pleasant, is still prison, isn’t it? Makes me wonder why this lockdown. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Do we need a reason anymore. Just bad things in general that keep happening I guess! Thanks Rochelle πŸ™‚

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  5. A great use of the prompt, well told

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  6. Sad reality. The responsible always pay for the irresponsible.
    There are worse ways to be in lockdown though.

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  7. Deep. HArd to be too coherent this morning, yet. But this could be so real, it’s scary.

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    1. Thank you. Sending you and husband best wishes.

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  8. Hari Om
    so often the few spoil it for the many… and there were times that I wished I had such a door to close on others! YAM xx

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    1. I’ll stay behind my locked door if it means keeping safe, not sure I trust that many others these days! πŸ™‚

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  9. Are we ever truly free? Sometimes the hardest iron bars, those that suppress magic, are the ones created by our own bad choices.
    Shades of Hansel being fattened up for the witch? πŸ˜‰

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    1. I think we’ve all learned recently that our freedom is fragile, whether from a pandemic or war, it is to be treasured.

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  10. At least there’s a hint of positivity in the final few words.

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    1. Clinging on to any scrap of good news!

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  11. Iain, I’ve always been philosophical. However, the last two years have accelerated things. I’ve questioned why sensible, intelligent friends have walked away from their jobs instead of getting vaccinated. I’ve wondered about people gathering unmasked in crowds, as though they’re immune. I’ve locked myself away to stay alive, and haven’t missed a lot of people, but have realized many of us are struggling in strange and unpredictable ways from these lockdowns and things are rather weird and unsettling. I have tried to keep myself buoyant, but have found myself sinking a few times too.
    I thought you might appreciate a post I wrote this morning which is quite upbeat after I saw two rainbow lorikeets in our garden: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2022/03/16/rainbows-on-an-overcast-day/
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. Thanks Rowena, the toll on mental health, not to mention friendships and relationships is something that can’t be measured over the last couple of years.

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  12. Imagine iron bars appearing in front of our doors overnight!
    This lockdown is serious. Phew!
    Drones providing food and essentials for those literally “behind bars”!
    Interesting.

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  13. *Excellent* story, Iain.

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      1. You’re welcome.

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    1. No chance of escape. Cheers Danny!

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  14. Even if the food is good it is still a totalitarian measure

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    1. A fine line between protecting and imprisoning.

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  15. Definitely a great statement of our current times.

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  16. Savagely satirical story, Iain, especially the last line.

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  17. Have to be careful with this story if it leaks to social media it will end up on the news and who knows what would happen.

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    1. I’m sure someone already thought of it!

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  18. so food parcels and medicines were dropped, but what’s the use when folks are locked out?

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  19. The irony of dropping food and medicine outside people’s reach isn’t lost on me …

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    1. A government that can say it is doing it all it can to look after people, when in fact…

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  20. It’s sad that people habitually put themselves over the greater good to the point where this seems realistic. Well done.

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    1. Yes, selfishness is a very human nature.

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  21. There you go again, Iain, bringing reality into the world of fiction. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Bill, sadly so.

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  22. I’m glad it didn’t go quite that far,

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  23. I think they’ll remain behind bars for a very long time. The greater good is not a popular idea, sadly. Nicely done, Iain!

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    1. It’s almost a lost concept these days! Thanks Brenda

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  24. Personal responsibility…

    Oh how I wish we hadn’t learned how little most care for each other. I fear even if it was enforced, people would find a way out with little regard for endangering others

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    1. Yep, we are a selfish bunch.

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  25. Very good. Key sentence for me in this story is ‘We’re useless when left to personal responsibility.’ That’s a very troubling thought, but I’ve got to say I think you’re correct. How tragic for us all.

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    1. It seems to have been proved this way, and it is tragic. Thanks Margaret

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  26. Lock down seems to be a way of life now-a-days.
    Just when we think the crisis is over anothe mutant virus shows up.
    Dreadful … the world, our lives are not going to be the same … ever.
    Powerful timely write, Iain.

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  27. Love the dark humor in this one. At least, I am going to assume it is humor. And intentionally dark. πŸ˜‰ Well written as ever Iain.

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    1. It was dark and humour, and also a little bit real… Thank you

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  28. Good story, Ian. When the pandemic started, people worried about this kind of thing or harassing neighbors they thought could be sick. The things we’ve learned about our fellow humans–enlightening times.

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    1. Thanks Sascha, not much of what we have learned has been good unfortunately!

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  29. Very topical and fair comment. Wry humour in the line, dropping food parcels instead of bombs.

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