January 2023 Drabble Challenge: Isolation

Horror PromptsGillian Church is hosting a horror drabble challenge this January: 31 prompts for 31 creepy tales throughout January that clock in at around 100 words.

The Prompt:
Isolation

The Submission:
Nick took one look at the graph and scowled. “Is this accurate?” He asked.

“As of eleven-hundred today,” the Private answered.

“Stupid question,” Nick muttered. He looked at the graph again in the vain hope that maybe, somehow, it had changed in those brief moments but, alas, no.

“Orders, sir?”

Nick raised a bushy eyebrow and glared at the Private. Of course it would be up to him to make the difficult decisions, to go “by the book”. It wouldn’t have been so bad if he hadn’t written that damn book!

“The first step is isolation,” Nick answered with a heavy sigh. “Isolation and containment.”

He knew what he was saying. He was dooming nearly sixty-thousand people to their deaths. But what was the alternative? Without isolating the area, containing the outbreak, those sixty-thousand would triple in a week! As Nick shooed away the Private and reached for the phone, he felt a sneeze well up at the back of his throat that he hoped was just from dust…


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