#FF — Viral Apocalypse

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Social Distancing Police (SDP) had their ways of finding us: cell signals; surveillance cams and drones; infrared heat signals. The Elites funded the SDP. Survivors were hunted as if lives depended on it – which they did.

Some of us Mutts carried immunity – discerned through (fatal) brain collection and biopsy analysis.

The right brains had eluded them. The Elites were dying. They needed the cure.

We hid in plain sight, climbing up through the hollow iron column from the abandoned subway.

We scavenged at night to eat.

We prayed one wouldn’t be found — until they were all gone.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the steadfast host of Friday Fictioneers.

55 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Great use of the prompt and merging it into today’s circumstances.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Li.

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  2. memadtwo says:

    You are good at just desserts. Bail out the little guys this time! (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yeppers. It’s about time we got bailed out.

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  3. Dale says:

    This situation has taken over!

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  4. draliman says:

    Scary stuff. Just have to survive long enough for the Elites to die off. Nice one!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Ali!

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  5. An excellent piece of dystopia there. Nice one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Anthony.

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  6. neilmacdon says:

    The elites tend to discover during epidemics that they share the planet with the rest of us and that their health depends on ours

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Amen! You got what I was getting at.

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  7. Gina says:

    type A blood are rumoured to be more susceptible, just saying, it was the first thing that came to mind after I read your story, again you take me to a world I want to know more about, this is a great tease!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for that bit of info on Type A. If they know that it should make it easier to develop a vaccine I would think. Glad you were teased by the story. Hoping there never has to be another chapter!

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  8. Anne M Bray says:

    Ooooooh. I want more!

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  9. Nice use of current events

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Larry. It’s difficult not to think about it right now.

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  10. badfinger20 says:

    Overthrow the Elites

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Don’t you think that would be a good place to hide? As long as they don’t find the hatch leading to it from the subway, they have a fair shot at it. I wonder how they avoid the infrared sensors on the drones at night…

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      1. badfinger20 says:

        You would almost have to stay underground.

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  11. Interesting and sinister take on the prompt, well done

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Michael.

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  12. plaridel says:

    i guess once all the current elites are gone, they become the new elites. like they say, history repeats itself.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Plaridel, your comment reminded me of this song:

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  13. Thank the good Lord for mutts.

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  14. Iain Kelly says:

    A little selfish, but maybe they deserved it…!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Oh boy and how, buddy, they deserved it. Can you imagine hunting people down and taking their brains, trying to keep yourself alive? Modern day zombies!

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  15. Nobbinmaug says:

    What part of that’s fiction? I just heard today that tax preparation has been deemed essential. They can’t provide toilet tissue, but they can still take our money, so they can bail out airlines and oil companies. Cannibalization, for cures or food, is the next logical step.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Can’t argue with anything you said, Nobbin.

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  16. Dear Lisa,

    May it never come to that. Bleak story. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, we are of like minds on that. Thank you.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  17. Lael-Heart says:

    Too real. I love it!
    Word on the street is that my government is taking bids for the delivery of “contagion shacks” to be delivered….somewhere…??? and Cabela’s is sold out of guns and ammo. So yeah…the things, they are a happening!

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  18. This is awesome! Believable, relatable, and scary. Well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Susan, thank you! Sorry, again on the late response. There were 43 messages in my spam folder and 3 of them were yours!

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  19. Russell says:

    This concept would make a great movie, or an even better book!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It would be a fun story to write even though the topic is pretty grim. Thanks, Russell, glad you like it.

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  20. pennygadd51 says:

    Brrr! Now you’ve got me worried! If I’m not immune, I die. If I am immune they suck out my brains. Ugh! Good luck, Mutts!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It is a grim scenario for sure. Thank you for reading and commenting, Penny.

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  21. granonine says:

    By definition there are a lot more Mutts and there are Elites. Thing is, once the Elites all die off, the Mutts will become the Elites, and the cycle starts all over again. . .

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Alas, yes, the cycle is inescapable 😦

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  22. granonine says:

    *a lot more mutts THAN there are Elites 🙂

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  23. Dark thoughts for dark times. I’ve dismissed our butler and maid as they may be carriers. Without notice or pay, of course. Bloody Mutts.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for your insightful comment.

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  24. The SDP is already in operation. I knew there was something more behind all this.

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  25. Laurie Bell says:

    A scary thought here.
    Well done… you’re creeping me out

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I know! It is a scary thought! Right now there are probably a large number of people who are homeless, or will be soon because they can’t pay their rent…

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      1. Laurie Bell says:

        So true. Just horrible

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  26. sandomina says:

    I hope all my blogger friends are doing well and looking after the needy, in these exceptionally difficult and trying times.

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  27. Mike says:

    A powerful and topical story… Yes many who I used to see each week are now in hiding. So sad

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  28. Carol Anne says:

    brilliant! Loving this one xoxo

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