April 9: Flash Fiction Challenge – Unveiled

Charli’s Carrot Ranch prompt this week:

April 9, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that declares, shield your face. It can be a knight of old, a doctor, or a senior citizen. What is the circumstance? Who makes the declaration? Go where the prompt leads!

Unveiled

I stepped outside, onto our rooftop veranda.
The sun, still warm, was beginning to set.
I needed to collect the clothes from the line, but first, I just had to make the most of this moment.
As far as the eye could see, roof terraces were visible, but, unlike other days, no one was out on them.
This virus had scared everyone.
Slowly, I unhooked my veil, allowing the warm rays to touch my face.
This was a bliss I was rarely allowed to experience.
“Shield your face!” My father appeared.
I scrambled to reinstate the veil. “Sorry Abba.”

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  2. Jennie
    Apr 15, 2020 @ 01:59:09

    Well done, Ritu. 🙂

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  3. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Apr 12, 2020 @ 21:43:58

    Wonderful penned, Sis! Dont worry, we will overcome this. Yesterday i discussed the many people died in the UK, but here in Germany they do not count all the people died at home or in nursing homes, too. This pushes up the counts in the UK. Otherwise every life is unpayable, and there is to care for. Lets hope the best, and stay all save. Michael

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  4. Charli Mills
    Apr 12, 2020 @ 06:13:53

    Your character’s perspective is nuanced — her reaction is to feel the sun during a pandemic and against cultural practices. The tension it creates makes a good story.

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    • Ritu
      Apr 12, 2020 @ 09:18:12

      Thanks Charli. When I read your prompt, the first thing that came to mind, was a Muslim father telling her daughter to cover her face… The pandemic issue added another layer 💜

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  5. eLPy
    Apr 12, 2020 @ 02:39:52

    Well done, this is a beautiful portrait of a life I do not know. I hadn’t considered how many of us now are experiencing something like what it might be to always cover up. Interesting…thank you…

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  6. D. Avery @shiftnshake
    Apr 11, 2020 @ 21:52:29

    And now we all are shielding our faces.
    But no respite for your character even on the unpeopled terrace.

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  7. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Apr 11, 2020 @ 17:44:42

    Freedom! So often taken for granted

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  8. charlypriest
    Apr 11, 2020 @ 16:26:09

    Nice interview with the blogger “willowdot”

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  9. robbiesinspiration
    Apr 11, 2020 @ 15:35:53

    Two of the sentences were cut off for me for some reason, Ritu, but I did get most of this. Very poignant. I haven’t been out so have not had the need to wear a mask. My dad or Terence have been going. I wanted to go today just for a change of scenery but I thin T needs the change more than I so I let him go.

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  10. willowdot21
    Apr 11, 2020 @ 15:28:27

    I like this post sis, it is gentle but has a clear message. I have to say this virus is nothing like I have seen before. I have never seen the seasonal flu affect so many people, nor known it cause the measures it has .

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  11. Diary of a Dublin housewife
    Apr 11, 2020 @ 15:07:33

    Too many dying 😥

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  12. floridaborne
    Apr 11, 2020 @ 14:41:35

    Too many places in the world require women to shield their faces. Now, we’re willingly shielding our faces for a pandemic that hasn’t killed as many people as the flu kills each year. To make matters worse, if someone dies of a different disease but tests positive for COVID-19, the virus is listed as the cause of death even if it wasn’t the reason.

    As my father would’ve said, “Somethin’ ain’t right.”

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    • Ritu
      Apr 11, 2020 @ 14:58:13

      Here, this morning, there was an interview with someone who said that in the UK the daily figures of the deaths aren’t even including those that have died at home, because of the virus.
      But it is different from the seasonal Influenza that we know claims many lives.
      I guess the unknown factor will dictate what happens…

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