White

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PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Watching the flurries of white whip through the streets, Jenna pretended it was winter, but the warmth from the window was too real.

Spores.

She thought back to the first time she saw the white splotch on a co-worker.

“What’s that?”

“I don’t know.  It itches.”

It wasn’t long before the bodies showed up around the city.  In a few days they became human shaped sacks that exploded into billions of spores when disturbed.

Jenna had joined the immune few to keep essential services running.

She reached to scratch her arm and froze.   Half of her arm was white.

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Word count = 99

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43 thoughts on “White

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I was going to do a happier ending, but couldn’t in 100 words, so I took the easy way out – and they all died, the end ;) I did use this idea for a longer (7500 – 8000 word story) that has a different ending, but I’m most likely not going to post it. I’ll save it for my next short story book….

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. As I said to Dale, I had originally thought of a “happier” ending, but I couldn’t figure out how to fit it into the allotted words. Killing off the protagonist is always the easy way out when running short on words ;)

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              Oh yes, and thinking of songs, obviously when I read or hear L’Chaim I have to think of Fiddler on the Roof! (My iPod is on random and a song from that musical just came up and I had to come back and say something…)

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      1. Christine Goodnough

        I was under the impression leprosy operates much like a fungal infection. Will have to read up on it for interest’s sake. But I’ve seen ergot, a grain fungus where kernels turn white and grow abnormally — then turn black. Definitely sci-fi stuff.

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