Response – JSW Prompt 2-19-2023

The JSW Challenge is open to anybody who wishes to participate. Using the writing prompt, write a flash fiction no longer than 300 words and post it to your page. The Challenge starts on Monday and runs through Sunday each week. Please remember to link your story back to this post so everyone can read your entry.

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“Mommy, why are the fish wearing masks?”

“Because they want to be safe and healthy.”

“Is that why we wear masks?”

“Yes, because we want to be safe and healthy.”

“But not all the fish are wearing masks.”

“I know, dear, but it’s the same way with people. Not everyone wears a mask.”

“Don’t they want to be safe and healthy?”

Mother sighed. How did one explain pandemics to a four-year-old? “I guess they think they will be safe and healthy even if they don’t wear a mask,” she said finally.

Lucy considered for a moment. “All the fishes should wear masks,” she decided with a nod of her head, standing on tip-toes against the low wall around the fish pool.

“Yes, they should,” Mother agreed, “but that is their choice.”

“Can we go back inside to see the fish again?”

“Maybe we can come back tomorrow,” Mother said. “The Aquarium is closed now.”

She leaned down and picked Lucy up, cradling her against her hip. “And it’s time to go meet Daddy and have dinner.”

“All right, Mommy,” Lucy yawned, laying her head against her mother’s shoulder. She was asleep before they got to the car.

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