Tourists returned to the village of Hualong, after enduring five years of rigidly enforced international travel restrictions. Three years prior, laissez faire attitudes and practices had killed or disabled twenty million worldwide. The vaccine was developed from a tropical fungus that could be easily mass-produced.
Mae could hear them in her upper apartment over the incense boutique when the nurse opened the windows and she was awake. The droning hiss of the ventilator had been her only comforting lullaby for so long. It was good to hear the chatter of voices, even if she would never walk among them again.
My story today is focused on what could be considered a fate worse than death from Covid-19. The MC was one of the first struck down by Covid-19 without being killed.
Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the surf-loving vacationer of Friday Fictioneers.