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 weekโ€™s prompt, visit HERE.

61 responses to “FOR OUR OWN GOOD”

  1. 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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. 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:
    Best wishes,

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    • 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.


  3. 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”!

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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